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Americans Are Having Less Sex. Who's To Blame? That's Right, It's Netflix

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(Source) As a nation, our sex drive appears to be on the fritz. American adults had less sex in the early 2010s than they did in the 1990s, to the tune of nine fewer times a year, according to new research published in Archives of Sexual Behavior. (That’s a drop from a yearly average in the low 60s, to one in the low 50s.) This slump holds true regardless of gender, age, race, work or marital status, although it’s most precipitous for American who were married or living with a romantic partner, a group that reported having sex 16 fewer times per year in the early 2010s when compared to the early 2000s. Even after this sharp decline, however, if you’re in relationship you’re still likely having more sex than your peers who aren’t. “Tinder supposedly makes it easier to have sex on tap, but it’s pretty well established that people with a steady partner tend to have sex more often,” says Jean Twenge, one of the study’s researchers and the author of Generation Me. But this shift doesn’t account for the entire decline, which started in earnest in 2008. Twenge has another theory on why we’re getting frisky less frequently: technology. More specifically, the rise of smartphones and streaming services, which began gaining real traction in the late 2000s. “Entertainment is more entertaining now, it’s more on demand — you can access it anytime you want,” she says. “DVRs became more common right around that time, too.” In other words, we might be too busy binge watching shows, playing video games, and Snapchatting our friends to bother having sex.

Turns out all those “Hey wanna come over to Netflix and Chill?” nights ended with a little more, “You got one more episode in you?” and less, “Would you like a penis in you?” before both fell asleep on the couch.

But I totally believe this theory and, to be frank, agree with it. Sex is awesome, it’s a real hoot and I’ve totally done it, like, a bunch of times, but is it as awesome as The Office? As awesome as Sunny? Is penis in vagina stuff as exciting as Narcos or as intense as House of Cards or as unpredictable as Bloodline? Would you rather fall in love IRL or watch Eric and Tami Taylor portray the picture of love on Friday Night Lights? The answer to all of these questions is easy, television wins. 

This whole thing reminds me of my buddy Skank Martin, a guy I used to play hockey with up in Mystery, Alaska, he used to say, “I play hockey and I fornicate because those are the two most fun things to do in cold weather.” Well not anymore, Skank! Add Netflix to that list you horny and freezing son of a bitch. In fact, with the invention of Netflix it probably shot to number one on the list. Netflix has never complained that you came too quickly, it’s never left you once you fell asleep it’s always still right there in the morning saying “wanna go again?” Netflix has never gotten mad at you for not coming around more often and it’s never gonna tell all its friends you’ve got a small dick if you decide to switch to Hulu. When you think about it, Netflix is the best girlfriend you could ever have. No wonder people are choosing it over sex.