Record high: 1 in 4 U.S. adults had no sex in a year

Something interesting is happening in America.

Fox News reports, March 30, 2019, that the latest data from the General Social Survey found that the number of American adults who said they have not had sex in the past year hit a record high in 2018 — 23% or nearly 1 in 4 adults.

The phenomenon is especially notable among young men.

Since 2008, the percentage of men under 30 reporting no sex had nearly tripled to 28%, compared with an 8% increase reported by women in the same age bracket. 18% of women between the ages of 18 and 30 reported no sex in the past year.

San Diego State University psychology professor Jean Twenge pretends to know why:

  • “There are more people in their twenties who don’t have a live-in partner. So under those circumstances, I think less sex is going to happen.”
  • A decline in the number of young men in the labor force may be the reason. The survey showed that 54% of unemployed Americans did not have a steady relationship versus 32% of employed Americans.
  • Young men are more likely to live with their parents than young women: “When you’re living at home it’s probably harder to bring sexual partners into your bedroom.”
  • There are “more things to do at 10 o’clock at night than there were 20 years ago” — “Streaming video, social media, console games, everything else.”

What Professor Twenge omits is another reason: Sex is risky, given the fact that, along with other bugs, sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) increasingly are resistant to antibiotics.

A recent article in Medium recounts how female urinary tract infection (UTI) has become antibiotic-resistant, with the emergence of “a particularly scary strain of drug-resistant UTI.” If left untreated, UTI can move to the kidneys and, on rare occasions, can even turn deadly.

One woman, Carole Wilson, 61, has had a chronic UTI for 17 months. First diagnosed with UTI in December 2017, Wilson has had 56 courses of antibiotics. She worries that if she catches another type of bacterial infection, like pneumonia, doctors won’t have any antibiotics to treat it. But if she doesn’t continuously treat the UTI, she’s at a high risk for complications like sepsis.

UTI is believed to be caused by gut bacteria like E. coli entering the bladder. While not categorized as an STD, anything that results in bacteria coming into contact with the urethra, like sex, increases risk. As WebMD explains:

Women may be especially prone to UTIs because they have shorter urethras, which allow bacteria quick access to the bladder. Having sex can introduce bacteria into the urinary tract, too.

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John Molloy
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John Molloy

Under the circumstances, abstinence is sensible unless each partner has a full medical exam beforehand. As far as same sex partners, they put themselves and everyone else at risk because of their proclivities.

William
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William

I suppose there is a multitude of reasons for this. One reason people aren’t forming pair bonds is that women aren’t women anymore and men aren’t men. And the Odor is doing all it can to sow gender confusion. There is also internet porn which people are using as a substitute for intimate relationships, increasingly among women as well. It’s seen to be “safer” and so much simpler than navigating the twists and turns of real interpersonal relationships. Alas, it is addictive soul poison. Another factor that is never mentioned is the proliferation of SSRI antidepressants. People have reported to… Read more »

Charles Josselyn
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Charles Josselyn

I’m old and oogly but I still be willing to give it a go. For humanity!

TrailDust
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With what this culture defines as sex in 2019, I can understand their disinterest. Do you want to become intimate with someone who identifies as gender fluid?

William
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William

I’ll have to think about that. Okay, I thought about it. No

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I suspect some of these creatures are “species fluid”. You never know where that’s been.

William
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William

It seems we have been hearing about “superbugs” and antibiotic-resistant bacteria for decades. When a microbe develops AB resistance it has to “evolve” that resistance. Since bacteria have rapid short generation times the process also occurs quickly. The only material that natural selection has to work with is random mutations. Almost all mutations are deleterious resulting in broken genes and a net loss of genetic information. And bacteria have little genetic information to begin with. Nevertheless if a mutation confers some advantage, say AB resistance, it will be selected for. This comes at a price, the permanent loss of future… Read more »

Chuck C
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I am all in for more sex and will vote for any presidential candidate that promises to make sure that we all get more sex.

William
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William

Move to Massachusetts. In addition to food stamps The State provides hooker stamps

Sanders
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Sanders

Well, I reckon that explains why so many folks are walking around pissed off all the time.

Jonathan Miller
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Jonathan Miller

Liberals are so mad, they’re marching and even killing babies…

Jonathan Miller
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Jonathan Miller

Good. Less fornication, the better…
Concentrate on Good — and God, see beyond lust…

Steven Broiles
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Of course Professor Twenge is going to ignore the obvious, namely, the diseases that can come from reckless fornication. And I think that the word gets around rather quickly. Celibacy never killed anybody, and Catholicism has always taught that sexual activity must be limited to marriage, and it has done so for at least two reasons. First, God Almighty COMMANDS it. But in addition, self-preservation also commands it: In addition to disease, people have actually been killed by their spouses for committing adultery! But there is now a new phenomenon going on, and it’s about “incels.” Incels are “involuntarily celibate,”… Read more »

MarkyMark
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MarkyMark

The reason there are incels is that women want the alpha male. Women are hypergamous; they marry up, men don’t; their biology COMPELS them to seek out someone superior to themselves. With the increased elevation of women at the expense of men, there are fewer superior men for women to have these days. If a woman becomes an attorney at a big law firm, then the only men to whom she’ll be attracted will be the senior associates and partners. This means that 80% of women are having sex with the 20% most desirable men. This is borne out by… Read more »

mlopez
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mlopez

How strange! The government and the media both phuck me every day

dania
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dania

Some other possible reasons: Young people have unintentionally (?) made themselves less attractive to the opposite sex. Men in skinny jeans, shirts with feminine prints, colored rimmed sunglasses – ya know, hipsters. Women are favoring short hair, thick rimmed glasses, less feminine clothing and FAT. The constant pushing of transsexuality, LBGTQ etc. lifestyles, queering this, queering that…..you get the gist – has to have an effect. I’ll also add something I think is a bigger problem that we realize. Soy, bio-identical hormones, phthalates and other chemicals in our diet. Sodium fluoride – a neurotoxin – pharmaceuticals like birth control pills… Read more »

Kaleb capes
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Kaleb capes

These infections happen bc women gather many men’s semen dna like a petri dish. When in fact a woman internal sex organ is only designed to receive one man’s dna.