Sex satisfaction varies by age. So too, does sex frequency. And although everyone’s relationship, sexual and otherwise, is unique and ever-changing, what’s the average, and how does it change over time? A new study from the Kinsey Institute proffers an answer.
Leading the pack in terms of sexual frequency are 18- to 29-year olds, who reportedly have sex an average of 112 times per year. The curve proceeds to droop over time, with 30- to 39-year-olds having sex 86 times per year, and 40- to 49-year-olds having sex 69 times per year.
Around age 45, some sort of consistency is found and the numbers plateau a bit; 28 percent of Americans over the age of 45 reported having sex at least once a week or more, while 40 percent reported having sex at least once per month. Outside of those numbers, some Americans may be in sexless marriages—they exist, after all.
In a prior post by the Kinsey Institute, Dr. Justin Lehmiller explains that the dip isn’t necessarily linked to physical aging, but psychological aging. Lehmiller cites a study from the Journal of Sex Research which factors in “subjective age” or how old couples feel and the correlation to a decline in sexual frequency, interest, and satisfaction. Perception of age played a major factor in sexual interest.
When it comes to certain facets of your sex life, objective age is still a factor. Point of view can prove to play a major role as well—if you’re looking to improve your sex life, it is possible, all you need is a day.
[Source: The Sun]