You are doubtless aware that too much screen time can damage your attention span and your fitness level but did you know it can also kill your s*x life?
A new study of 4 million people across 80 countries and 5 continents found that television ownership is associated with at least a 6% reduction in the likelihood of having had s*x during any given week. Researchers from the University of Delaware and Reed College suggest that zoning out in front of the screen is a real mood killer, as MarketWatch reports. So much for Netflix and chill.
Distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Cambridge, Mass.-based research organization, the paper reports that a 6% reduction is only a “conservative estimate.” Ironically, of course, it seems like there is more s*x on television than ever before but none of it is lighting fires off screen.
Of course, there are plenty of screens around to kill the mood these days, not just TV. Instagram, Twitter and Facebook also demand to be scrolled. American adults spend more than 11 hours per day watching, reading and interacting with media, according to a study by market-research group Nielsen. That’s up from nine hours, 32 minutes just four years ago.
“More recently, popular culture has claimed that smartphones are killing peoples s*x lives,” the authors of the paper wrote. “Our study population resides in low- and middle-income countries and were surveyed largely around 2010, before the widespread availability of smartphones. In countries with ubiquitous smartphones, the smartphone might be the real s*x-life killer.”
Perhaps even worse, as David Spiegelhalter, a Cambridge University statistician suggests, more people are bringing their devices to bed and that doesn’t bode well for a couple’s s*x life. It’s not candles and champagne, is it?
Rates of s****l activity are on the decline. In 1990, couples had s*x around five times a month, but now it is just three times, a 40 percent decrease in just 20 years. Although unlikely, if currents trends continue, couples may not be having s*x at all by 2030, as the Telegraph put it.
“People are having less s*x,” Spiegelhalter, told the Telegraph. “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.”
It seems we may have to choose between scrolling in the dark and rolling in the hay.
Is TV killing your s*x life?