According to a new study, sex at least once a week is good for you — and we need it more so now than ever because we’re apparently having less of it than we were 10 years ago.
A study from the Archives of Sexual Behaviour found that from 2010 to 2014, the average U.S. adult had sex nine times fewer per year compared to U.S. adults in 2000 to 2004. Married couples had sex 16 fewer times per year. Why that drop occurred could be for a number of reasons. Some psychologists attribute it to the amount of time we now spend Netflixing (and apparently…not chilling) and on our phones. “Porn is also blamed for its unrealistic imagery, with researchers arguing this can create symptoms such as ‘sexual anorexia’, or ‘porn-induced sexual dysfunction’,” BBC reported. My own personal theory is that many people are on medications that can affect their libido.
Whatever the source may be (and honestly, sometimes we just go through periods of time where we’re having less sex), the main thing should be figuring out what works for you. If you want to be having more sex, more power to you! If you’re content with having it not as frequently, that’s OK too. But if you feel like you there’s a mind-body disconnect, it could be worth investigating.
Canadian psychology professor Amy Muise believes that having sex once a week “may be optimal” in order to maximize happiness. “Sex is associated with feeling more satisfied in a relationship,” she told Huffington Post, which…seems pretty obvious. But either way, doctor’s orders! Time to send that “U up?” text.