Millenials have a lot on their plates. The generation is struggling through debt, climate change and impressively bad leadership, but if that wasn’t enough, a set of studies conducted in the United Kingdom have revealed swathes of us are suffering from the same sort of problems in the bedroom.
The data comes from two surveys conducted in the UK for the British Medical Journal. These surveys seem to suggest that huge numbers of young people are experiencing sexual problems ranging from inability to climax all the way to actual symptoms of pain and anxiety about, during and after sex itself.
Nearly a third of men and women have not had sex in the past month, which is up from just a quarter of those last surveyed in 2001.
Of those who are having sex, it was reported that 44.4% between 16 and 21 have experienced some sort of unhappiness or sexual problems in their lives.
A massive one in five of the women surveyed said that they had no interest in sex whatsoever, whilst that number was only one in ten when it came to the men surveyed. However, men seemed to have their own issues with to contend with in the bedroom, with the study stating that the most common issues for men impacted directly on their performance.
It says that the most common issue for men between 16 and 21 was coming to orgasm embarrassingly quickly, which led to anxiety and problems staying hard.
8% of women said that they felt no excitement about their sex lives, but despite that nearly half of women and two-thirds of men told surveyors that they “would like to have more sex.”
Men and women who are in better shape and those who do not suffer from mental health issues are having sex more frequently, along with those who are in employment and particularly earning more money – so maybe money really does buy happiness.
Professor Kaye Wellings told AOL that these problems aren’t a huge thing to worry about, however.
“What is important to well-being is not how often people have sex but whether it matters to them.. Most people believe that others have more regular sex than they do themselves,”
She finished by offering a reassurance to those suffering:
“Many people are likely to find it reassuring that they are not out of line.”
Words by Will Stevenson