'Youth sex away' turned out to be serious in the United States

In Japan, the proportion of young people who have no sex experiences is on the

rise , and the phenomenon of “young people leaving sex” is occurring. However, new research reveals that the number of sexually inactive young people is increasing in the United States. A recent survey found that ' one in three men aged 18 to 24 has not had sex for more than a year '.

Trends in Frequency of Sexual Activity and Number of Sexual Partners Among Adults Aged 18 to 44 Years in the US, 2000-2018 | Adolescent Medicine | JAMA Network Open | JAMA Network

Sex in America: 1 in 3 young men aren't having it

A joint research team from Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States analyzes the 'results of a sexual life' collected by the General Social Survey (GSS), which is an integrated survey on social awareness and behavior of residents in the United States. I did it.

The data used in the analysis are the 'intercourse frequency' and 'number of sexual partners' in the GSS 2000-2018, answered by subjects aged 18-44. The question about the frequency of intercourse was, 'How often have you had sex in the last 12 months?' and subjects were given multiple choices, from 'not at all' to 'more than three times a week.' It was done. The question about the number of sexual partners was 'How many sexual partners did you have in the last 12 months?', giving a wide range of choices from 'no partners' to 'more than 100'.

Analysis of these survey results by the research team revealed that the number of men who answered that they did not have sex in the past year (sexually inactive) was increasing yearly in the age group of 18 to 34 years old .. The number of men aged 18 to 34 who answered ``I did not have sex in the past year'' was 9.5% of the whole in 2000, which is the starting point, but increased to 16.5% of the whole in 2018, which is the end point Did. The sexually inactive tendency seems to be particularly strong among young people, and the proportion of men aged 18 to 24 who said they did not have sex in the past year was 18.9% in 2000, It was 30.9% in 2018. Most of the increase in the proportion of sexually inactive people occurred between 2008 and 2010 and between 2012 and 2014.

On the other hand, the percentage of women who said they had not had sex in the past year remained almost constant regardless of the survey year. However, the number of women who answered that they 'have sex at least once a week' is decreasing, and by age group, it is known that the females aged 25 to 34 years old tended to have a decreased frequency of intercourse. On the other hand, however, the number of sexual partners was increasing.

The research team also analyzes the above-mentioned trends in sex and the relationship between income and employment status. According to this analysis, low-income, part-time, unemployed and student men were not sexually active. On the other hand, no association was found between sexual activity and employment status/income for women. Regarding this result, Peter Ueda , Karolinska Institute, who was the lead author of the paper, said, ``If the income is high, not only do we have more resources to search for a partner, but it is possible that a person with a high income is a desirable partner However, it is also possible that “income-related factors” such as personality, values, and choice of life may affect sexual activity. I think both are affected,' he said.

The research team says that there are various causes for the phenomenon of youth away from sex, such as changes in sexual norms, increased stress, increased time spent on social media, smartphones, and online communities, but identification of the cause Is avoiding Mr. Ueda said, 'Establishing a causal relationship between major social trends and sexual activity is extremely difficult and even impossible.'

In 2019, the research team of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine , which is a British research university, announced that ``the frequency of youth sex in the UK is drastically decreasing'', and the same tendency I know that is not limited to Japan and the United States.

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