Share of Americans Not Having Sex Reaches Record High

March 29, 2019

The share of U.S. adults who didn't have sex for an entire year reached an all-time high in 2018. According to General Social Survey data, 23 percent of adults spent the year in a celibate state. As The Washington Post notes, a key factor here is that the share of the U.S. population comprised by people 60 and older has increased by 8 percent since 1996, and people in that demographic tend to have a lot less sex. But, somewhat surprisingly, the portion of Americans between the ages of 18 to 29 who reported having no sex in the past year more than doubled between 2008 and 2018, to 23 percent. “There are more people in their twenties who don’t have a live-in partner,” says San Diego State psychology professor Jean Twenge. “So under those circumstances, I think less sex is going to happen.”