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30th Mar 2019

The amount of men under 30 not having sex has nearly tripled in the past decade

Wayne Farry

The number of 18 to 29-year-olds reporting no sex in the past year more than doubled in the last decade.

The share of men under 30 in the USA who aren’t having sex has nearly tripled between 2008 and 2018, according to data published in the Washington Post.

In 2008, roughly 10 percent of men under the age of 20 reported having no sex in the previous 12 months, slightly more than the number of women.

In the last 10 years that number has hit 28 percent for men under 30 –  a rise of close to triple – while for women under 30 that rise was less than 10 percent.

The data comes from the data from the General Social Survey, a sociological survey conducted by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago which has been running since 1972.

It also suggested that the number of young men who report being virgins has tripled since 2008 – reporter Christopher Ingrams does however point out that this may not be completely accurate since the way the data was reported, they could have had sex prior to turn 18, or only slept with other men.

A report from January showed a similar decline in the amount of sex American high school students are having. It found that just 41 percent of student in grades nine to twelve had had sexual intercourse – compared to 47 percent in 2005, and 53 in 1995.

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