Saturday 10 December 2016

Revealed: The aspect of modern life that means our sex lives are taking dive

Sarah Knapton

Published 06/06/2016 | 02:30

Emilia Clarke in the hit series 'Game of Thrones'
Emilia Clarke in the hit series 'Game of Thrones'

Addictive television box sets such as 'Game of Thrones' are stopping couples having as much sex as previous generations, a leading statistician has warned.

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The trend of declining sex rates over the past 30 years was "very worrying", said David Spiegelhalter. In 1990, couples made love about five times a month on average but by 2010, it was just three times.

If trends continue, by 2030 couples will have stopped having sex all together, he said.

Previously, researchers have warned that lovers are killing the mood by taking their iPads to bed. But Prof Speigelhalter, Winton Professor of the public understanding of risk at Cambridge University, blamed the rise of "massive connectivity" embodied by streaming services such as Netflix, smartphones, and television box sets.

Speaking at the Hay Festival in Wales, he said: "How many times have you had sex in the last four weeks? You can start seeing the changes in society.

"People are having less sex. Sexually active couples between 16 and 64 were asked and the median was five times in the last month in 1990, then four times in 2000 and three times in 2010.

"At this rate, by 2030 couples are not going to be having any sex at all. Which is a very worrying trend.

"You say 'Why?' Statisticians say 'I don't know'. One of the researchers mentioned the word iPad. I think it's the box set, Netflix.

"The point is that this massive connectivity, the constant checking of our phones compared to just a few years ago when TV closed down at 10.30pm or whatever and there was nothing else to do. Even power cuts, which help.

"Now people are having less sex."

Irish Independent

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