Dating in recession
Young men are driving this recession—whether willingly or not.
In the US, fewer young men than women reported having sex in 2018. People in sexually liberated, first world countries have lost interest in sex and it is men who are driving the trend.
Women are also more likely than men to say they want a spouse with a steady job.
Many men seem unwilling to date women with successful careers.
A study from 2014 found that men pictured in a luxury apartment were rated as more attractive than those in a control group.
Another study found that men with luxury cars were perceived as more attractive than those without them.
Social media and Internet use may hinder the development of in-person relationships and this may have in turn led to a decline in sex.
The sex recession started years before the movement. Many young men genuinely struggle with social interactions—and the prevalence of social media might be making things worse. On the other hand, many experts believe that sex can make people happier and reduce their anxiety.
There is very little guidance for socially awkward men, who want to become more successful in the dating world. According to various studies, people who have more sex report a better quality of life.
If a better economy were linked to greater sexual activity, Greece, with its economic troubles, would be among the least sexually active countries. Several countries that face economic difficulties are among the most sexually active.
The sex recession is more prevalent in wealthy countries like Japan, Australia, the US and the UK.