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People are having less sex in Britain

The survey, carried out once every decade, revealed that people were distracted by their tablets and smartphones, youth were having sex earlier and a growing acceptance of same-sex relationships.

By Ananth Baliga

Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles has revealed that financial worries and social media distractions mean people in Britain are having less sex.

The survey of 15,000 Britons found that those aged 16 to 44 were having sex fewer than 5 times a month, compared to more than 6 times a month in the previous two surveys.

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"People are worried about their jobs, worried about money. They are not in the mood for sex," said Dr. Cath Mercer, from University College London.

"But we also think modern technologies are behind the trend too," Mercer added. "People have tablets and smartphones and they are taking them into the bedroom, using Twitter and Facebook, answering emails."

The survey found that 42 percent of women and 60 percent of men aged 65 to 74 had sex in the past year, though the age group remains the least sexually active.

For those below the age of 25, 16 was the average age when a girl had sex for the first time, whereas it was 19 for boys.

Lack of interest in sex and loss of libido was found in both men and women. Since the last survey more people are accepting of same-sex relationships, and less tolerant of cheating spouses.

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[BBC] [National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles]

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