It’s been a rough sexual summer, statistically speaking. Americans are having less sex and men with erectile dysfunction are more likely to develop Parkinson’s. It’s been brutal for seemingly everyone’s bedrooms. Sure, young people are still having more sex than their older counterparts, but as it turns out, the sex is way less satisfying than it used to be.
A new study from Canada’s University of New Brunswick found that young men and women are having “persistent and distressing” problems with their sex lives.
The study surveyed over 400 men and women between the ages of 16 and 21 and found that 79 percent of men and 84 percent of women reported sexual issues during the two-year survey period.
The issues ranged from low sexual satisfaction/desire and erectile dysfunction in men, and low satisfaction, problems with pain, and inability to reach orgasm in women.
The study’s author, Lucia O’Sullivan, a professor of psychology and the Director of Experimental Program at Fredericton University, told the Toronto Star one of the reasons behind the problems may be in how young people are educated about sex.
“We have this image that partnered sexual life for young people, particularly at the beginning, is fun, pleasurable and really hedonistic,” said O’Sullivan. “But what we found once we started tracking them over time is that many young people have sexual problems they are dealing with.”
Beyond the standard sexual education, O’Sullivan sees the shift in access to pornography as part of the problem as well.
“Access to porn is broader, greater, bigger, more frequent and more extreme than ever before,” O’Sullivan said. “You don’t just rely on your dad’s porn magazines anymore.
[Source: The Independent]