The great sex recession: celibate Americans at record high

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The share of American adults having no sex in the past year reached an all-time high in 2018, an intimate survey revealed Friday, and many of those missing out are men in their 20s.

An analysis of new research data by The Washington Post reveals a battle of the sexes, with 18 percent of the women between the ages of 18 and 30 reporting no sex in the past year—but 28 percent of men.

Male millennials are often portrayed in as the most sexually active—or at least the most sexually eager—and the news prompted a surprised reaction on .

"Reasons why likely include a greater preference for video games and for porn," tweeted US psychologist and practicing family doctor Leonard Sax, who was speaking generally about the issue before the survey's release.

"Young men tell me that the video games, and the porn, are vastly better today than they were 20 years ago."

The largest disparity is between age groups, with only seven percent of thirtysomethings reporting a barren year in the love stakes.

The figure is as impressive among frisky fortysomethings—only nine percent said they'd struck out in 2018—and those aged between 50 and 59. Just 13 percent of this group say they didn't get lucky last year.

For those 60 and older, the share reporting no sex over the past year has remained steady around 50 percent.

But the overall 23 percent figure—up from 19 percent two decades ago—paints a picture of a nation growing gradually but steadily less amorous.

Celibacy as a corrosive force hit the headlines recently with emergence of the "incel" online subculture of angry young men unable to find —with the movement linked to several mass shootings in the US.

But it has had its high-profile champions too: Andy Warhol, J Edgar Hoover, Isaac Newton and Joan of Arc were all said to be proud celibates.

The data on America's bedroom habits was collected for the General Social Survey conducted by the NORC research organization at the University of Chicago and analyzed by the Post.

The newspaper said its analysis underscored a three-decade trend line marked by an aging population and higher numbers of unattached people.

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Mar 29, 2019
With a world climate failing due to industrial excess and overpopulation, with austerity cutting all social safety nets and gutting attainable access to affordable education and healthcare, with a growing sociopolitical and economic fascist state of hard right dystopia, how can this result be anything but "as expected?" See also: suicide rates.

Mar 29, 2019
20 year olds are a new generation at this point. Millennials are almost 40.

Mar 29, 2019
And the latest news is that White humans are responsible for all the ills, misery and climate change on Earth. Whereas Blacks, Asians and 'others' are the ones who suffer for the sins, greed, and higher social standing that White folks enjoy. PLUS White folks' diets are responsible for the starvation of all other races because Whites consume too much potatoes and other foods which are not good for the farmland and the environment. Jungles must be cut down so that COFFEE plantations can thrive and sell their coffee beans so that rich White folks can spend their money at Starbucks.
Yep, it is ALL those White folks who are so unfair to all other races. They get the best jobs, education, with lots of money in the bank.
And yet, White Americans seem to be having less and less children while infanticide by Planned Parenthood is doing a bang-up job of killing babies after they were already born. Legal murder it is. But Socialists love it and condemn those who don't.

Mar 30, 2019
See 'incel', see NPC. Know your memes.

Mar 30, 2019
#metoo has also had some effect on it. I know a couple of younger guys that have simply quit dating due to it.

Mar 30, 2019
The guys quitting dating because of #metoo are the guys who are causing #metoo. This is a good thing.

Mar 30, 2019
Remember during the Sixties when that arm of the Democratic Rackets, the Hippies, said it was unnatural; and abnormal for anyone not to have sex several times a day? If someone had a healthy life but didn't have sex every few hours, they were declared sick and even unhinged. The lack of general indications of massive amounts of sex in times like the Colonial Period or the Victorian Age led the Hippies to declare that those societies must have been necessarily depraved. They denounced those who worked farms because they didn't seem to have as much sex as those in the Democratic Rackets controlled universities. They declared there was absolutely nothing to life except to have sex.
Now, where the Hippies counseled unending fixation with having sex, the scions of that group are finding diversion in actions that are wholly one sided, video games, drugs.

Mar 30, 2019
The guys quitting dating because of #metoo are the guys who are causing #metoo. This is a good thing.

That's setting a very tight rope for a social standard: no room for error due to incompetence and inexperience, you have to get it right on the first try.

The problem is that most men aren't rich/handsome/desirable enough to attract women. The lower ranking men have to be proactive to find partners, and it's always a little awkward to do so, especially when now all of those people have the power to brand you a rapist and turn you into a social pariah simply because of their subjective opinions (or because they happen to be on a power trip). Suddenly the traditional business of going out to girls turns into a risky proposition.

So the question becomes, how do you meet partners when you're not allowed to have the initiative anymore, but you're still expected to make the first move? It's a catch-22. The only winning move is not to play.

Mar 30, 2019
I mean, I know of a guy who had guys coming into his apartment through the hinge side of the door because of an earlier encounter with a woman.

He was a creep alright, but women already have the power of having men wrapped around their little fingers, ready to act the role of the knight in shining armor. She may not even need to say the word; other people set off on a cursade anyways. That's why these situations tend to escalate rapidly, and the gray areas become very black and white.

That's why the danger to men from campaigns like #meetoo is a cultural shift where even slight errors of conduct can be construed as rape, or outright defined so, and any perception to that direction can mean you'll get beaten. A disproportionate response due to escalation of violence by other men looking to raise their standing in the sexual selection game.

Mar 30, 2019
Yes, the #MeToo movement has been disastrous for young men and women who wish to date each other and possibly marry. Of course, there are always those who behave as troglodytes within both genders, but it is now considered practically dangerous to one's future to looking for the perfect mate, and instead finding some moron whose actual intention is to destroy the life of one or more members of the opposite sex.
Parents are now warning their teenage sons about predatory females who are willing to tell lies and besmirch the innocent young man for whatever improper goals she may have - and for whatever reason she has them.
Possibly the safest and most recommended and far less dangerous route for young men and women to meet each other would be to stay within the known groups that one's family is most familiar with - such as dating age children of friendly neighbours who have much in common. At least, they know what they're getting.

Mar 30, 2019
With the efforts to liberate women, we have deconstructed the family and all the social habits around courtship and marriage. This wouldn't have been so bad except that we don't have anything to replace those deconstructed social memes. The patriarchal families, for all it's failings, still had a social contract that people could follow. That has been discarded.

We're supposed to "figure it out." Well, society is an average and many do not figure out social cues all that well. We are reinventing family roles all the time. So naturally, both men and women are confused and reticent to take risks in an environment that can leave them either with a child that they can't support or without a child that they must support.

This problem will probably get worse before it gets better.

Mar 31, 2019
The primary Effort of late by our great and glorious Handlers has been to reduce the birthrate by any and all means.

Sounds like it's working out very well.

Re the plethora of new gender categories, an interesting study would be to see whether sexual dimorphism has been changing among humans over time. Are the sexes becoming less distinct? And if so, might this be a natural shift in response to perceived overcrowding, or can it be attributed to artificial environmental factors?

IOW could hormone-altering chemicals be making us less fertile by affecting our sexuality? And might this have been by design and not just a convenient byproduct?

Given the acute and existential dangers that overgrowth poses to continued life on this planet, I would expect the former.

Mar 31, 2019
"Reasons why likely include a greater preference for video games and for porn"

This has long been the case in liberal societies like Japan. With a wider meaning of "sex" it is likely that the current generation is far more active than any other previous generation. We have become a sex-flooded society. And may I add a very evil one.

The best way (in my experience) to find a wife (or husband) is in the Christian church setting, and you will find one that can match your faith and life goals.

Mar 31, 2019

This has long been the case in liberal societies like Japan. With a wider meaning of "sex" it is likely that the current generation is far more active than any other previous generation


Apr 01, 2019
a sex-flooded society
-NO society is more preoccupied with sex and reproduction than a religious one.
may I add a very evil one
-Of course you add would add that.

The REASON non-procreative sex and porn was legalized so suddenly and universally, was to reduce the birthrate by any and all means. Contraception, ABORTION, the emancipation of women, the massive influx of drugs, the emphasis on extended educations and careers, on traveling and relocating and commuting for business, the easing of divorce laws and the rise of the civil lawyer - these are all meant to reduce the chances that people will form couples and do what they do best... procreate.

And the principal CAUSE of this abrupt and severe reversal of social behavior, is the crisis of religionist reproductive aggression. 'Warfare of the cradle' as teddy roosevelt called it.

The surviving religions are the ones best at it. That's WHY they survived.

ALL this sickness is the fault of religion.

Own up godder.

Apr 01, 2019
Overgrowth for the purpose of outgrowing and overrunning the competition forms the basis of every tropical religion in existence today. It reflects the need of the tropical human animal to overcome the heightened attrition of tropical ecologies.

Tribes that could maximize growth while maintaining both internal cohesion and outward aggression were the ones that supplanted their less prolific neighbors.

As tribes moved farther north to escape all the chaos and bloodshed in the tropics, their religions adapted to favor seasonal reproduction. Offspring born out of season had less chance of survival, as with any other temperate or sub arctic species, and were a burden to the tribe. Pagans favored June weddings, rites of spring. They also favored abortion, contraception, and infanticide, as well as euthanasia.

Apr 01, 2019
Northern pagans were consistently overrun and extincted by wave after wave of virulent tropicals, just like neanderthal who differed only in that it had had enough time to diverge and adapt. Its reproduction had most likely become biologically attuned to the seasons, and thus had little chance against invading cromags.

Religionist reproductive aggression was constantly tuned and refined through constant competition with equals. It proved very useful in spreading order and stability throughout the world.

It culminated in the world wars which were designed to break religions' stranglehold on societies and their governments. This enabled all the sweeping social changes that could finally reduce the birthrate to sustainable levels after so many millenia of carnage.

Apr 01, 2019
Principle among these changes was the legalization of contraception and ABORTION to the tune of ONE BILLION unborn people, and their decendents, to the third and fourth generation.

The magnitude of that number belies the severity of the problem.

"For the world to live, religion must DIE." Bill Maher

-A Work in Progress.

Apr 03, 2019
unborn people

An oxymoron.

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