Given the myriad difficulties facing Millennials (not being able to buy a house, lack of free education, difficulty in getting a decent job etc. etc. etc.) you would think they might want to distract themselves with something that makes them feel good for a change.
Well, turns out it isn't sex.
According to a survey which tested almost 27,000 Americans, millennials are less likely to be having sex than young adults were 30 years ago. The study found that number of young adults between 20-24 who listed no sexual partner increased from 6% among those born in the 1960s, to 15% of young adults born in the 1990s.
The co-author of the study, Ryne Sherman at Florida Atlantic University, said that the research flies in the face of the idea that dating apps and social media has made sex more readily available and popular:
"You would expect, based on the popular notion that with apps such as Tinder, it's a group that is looking for hook-ups and not long-term relationships," said Sherman. "[But] what we are seeing is this group is less likely to hook-up, so to speak, than previous generations."
Published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behaviour the study asked American adults about their sexual patterns almost every year since 1989. Adults aged between 20 and 24 and born in the 1990s were more than twice as likely to report that they had had no sexual partners since turning 18 than adults of the same age in the 1960s.
Comparatively, just over 15% of the 90s-born group reported that they had not had sex since they turned 18, compared to almost 12% of those born in the 1970s or 1980s. For those born in the 60s the figure was just over 6%.
So why is it we're all getting laid less now? Well, the study said the trend was because of a 'cohort effect' which means that sexual behaviour has changed between generations.
"Americans are now strikingly more accepting of premarital sex, but more of those born in the 1990s in particular are nevertheless foregoing sex during young adulthood," the study explained. "The new sexual revolution has apparently left behind a larger segment of the generation than first thought."