Apparently young Americans are having less sex. Or, possibly, fewer of them are having it. This paper looks at religion, late marriage, porn, etc.
The pandemic disrupted American life in many ways, but one trend remained the same: rising sexlessness. A growing share of younger Americans are living without sex. The new 2021 General Social Survey can be used to track these trends over time. As Figure 1 below shows, since 2010, there has been a sharp rise in the share of males and females ages 18 to 35 who report not having sex in the prior year.
Any number of possible explanations of course. But let us now be Worstallian here. Has the definition of sex changed?
This is self-reporting after all. So, we have to at least consider what people doing the self-reporting are considering to be sex. I don’t know whether that general societal definition has changed. I can imagine it going either way – fnarr, fnarr – of course. “He looked at me funny” might now be sex because it appears to be sexual assault to some people. Equally, as Bill C pointed out, a blow job isn’t actually sex.
But before I made any conclusions that’s something I’d insist is explored. Is the incidence of sex changing because the definition is?