Blame the political landscape, shoddy birth control access, limitless free porn on the internet, or the gig economy for the decline in the millennial libido—who can say for sure? Whatever the reason, Americans are boning less. As one of the top five horniest people of all time, this initially seemed concerning to me, but as it turns out, it might not be such a big deal. To be sure, not having any sex or a experiencing a sharp decline could be a sign of an unhappy relationship. Much like washing your hair , you don't need to have sex as often as you think—at least according to a study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science , which suggests any amount over once a week is simply overkill, especially if you're not feeling it. That may seem obvious, but there's a persistent belief out there that quantity of sex correlates precisely with the happiness of a couple, with no upper limit.
Do it less frequently? Here's what that might mean. When it comes to sex, people tend to fudge the numbers. Six hours, really? But when it comes to how often couples have sex, science actually has an accurate idea. For what it's worth, a third study broke down sexual frequency by age.
While it's not usually a good idea to compare your sex life to what sex statistics say about others, it can be interesting to look at how often other couples have sex. For example, many people believe they're having less sex than their peers according to a goop. Other stats can offer insight on married couples' sexual satisfaction and even relationship satisfaction and how it's related to sex.
No matter your relationship status, sex remains a complicated — and often touchy — subject. Although no one wants to admit it, people across all demographics are spending less time in the sack. But how much sex should couples really be having?