Almost one-quarter of young American men today aren’t having sex. And that statistic topped an all-time high in 2018.
Joblessness among Millennial men and the growing popularity of passive entertainment consumption on the Internet are partly to blame.
Sexlessness Among Millennial Men Doubled From 2008
According to the General Social Survey, 23% of Millennial men (ages 18 to 29) in the United States say they have had no sex in the last year. That’s double the amount from a decade earlier, in 2008.
Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University, says several factors are driving this trend, including:
- Joblessness/financial instability among Millennials.
- More young men are living at home with their parents.
- Millennials spend too much time on the Internet.
Researchers with the General Social Survey note that there is definitely a “connection between labor force participation and stable relationships.”
Spike In Online Entertainment Dampens Sex Life
Moreover, even if you are employed, young people today are less likely to be financially stable because the U.S. economy has been rocky since the 2008 financial crisis. As a result, more young men are living with their parents — and that puts a dent in their sex life.
“When you’re living at home it’s probably harder to bring sexual partners into your bedroom,” Twenge said.
Another factor fueling this epidemic of sexlessness is the pervasive effects of technology, such as easy access to online porn, social media, streaming video, and online video games.
That said, you’re not going to die if you don’t have sex (look how long monks live). And some people choose celibate lifestyles, so we’re not passing judgment.
Rape Hoaxes Have Chilling Effect on Dating
Meanwhile, research also suggests that there’s increasing unease among men to date amid the growing “Me Too” movement, which has raised awareness of sexual assault and harassment
While preventing sexual assault and unwanted sexual advances is extremely important, there has been an alarming spike in the number of rape hoaxes.
One example involves the Duke University men’s lacrosse team, which was falsely accused of rape in 2006.
In 2014, the left-wing tabloid the Rolling Stone published a false story accusing fraternity brothers at the University of Virginia of gang rape.
A police investigation later concluded that the rape was a hoax. However, by then, the accused men had been viciously smeared in the media and their reputations destroyed.
In 2017, the fraternity got $1.65 million after winning a defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine.
Sadly, these rape hoaxes have also spawned other hoax crimes. Take actor Jussie Smollett.
In January 2019, Smollett claimed that he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack by white male Trump supporters. That turned out to be a lie.
Jussie Smollett Travesty Destroys the Myth of ‘White Privilege’: Black Conservativeshttps://t.co/5qMCzmIPjt
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