New — research has shown that people’s sex lives have dried up, with over a third (37%) of people admitting their libido has plummeted in 2020 and almost as many (33%) confessing to having had less sex in 2020 compared to 2019. That’s according to the study published by sexual health experts at MysteryVibe conducted with leading survey experts Sapio Research.
In the battle of the sexes, it’s women’s sex drive that has been hit the hardest in 2020, with 40% of them saying they’re having less sex, compared to one third (33%) of men.
Why? The impact of lockdowns due to the global pandemic and negative news or doom-scrolling have been revealed as the biggest turnoffs (23%) of 2020, as MysteryVibe reveals the extent of the sexual recession facing the UK.
When asked when the last time they had sex was:
● One quarter (25%) said they can’t remember, with one third (33%) of those married or in a relationship.
● One quarter (24%) said they’ve not had sex at all in 2020 while for those who have, they’re getting intimate on average 6 times per month.
For those who are having less sex in 2020 compared to 2019, the top reason provided was:
● Their sex drive has decreased (37%)
● They were more anxious in 2020 (25%)
● They feel less attractive than they did in 2019 (17%)
Dr. Soum Rakshit, CEO of MysteryVibe, commented on the study: “It’s clear that people are suffering from a Sexual Recession. Whether it’s fears about performance, a lack of sex drive or external life pressures, the UK is in a sexual rut. As attitudes towards sex continue to evolve, we can’t just watch from the sidelines. We all have a responsibility to open up the national conversation about sex, pleasure and health and get people enjoying themselves again.
“MysteryVibe was built on a philosophy of creating a world where every adult has the space, freedom, knowledge and power to elevate their pleasure, sexual health and wellbeing. And importantly that they feel empowered to talk about it. The need for that has never been more clear and it’s exactly why we’re kick-starting that conversation and leading the drive to end the sexual recession.”
When asked to rate their sex lives on a scale of 1-10 (1 being terrible and 10 being outstanding), almost one fifth (17%) chose the bottom of the scale, saying they thought they have an extremely unhealthy sex life. And the nationwide average isn’t much better at just 5, demonstrating the extent of this sexual recession.
Clare Bedford, leading Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist, adds: "Unsurprisingly the global pandemic and subsequent lockdowns of 2020 have impacted the nation’s sex lives and people’s sexual habits. Psychological causes such as stress and anxiety have negatively impacted sexual desire, which is reflected in the findings of this research. It’s important for us to start having these difficult conversations, so that we can normalize the challenges people are facing in an attempt to create a more positive and healthy sexual relationship with ourselves and others."
On average, people surveyed rate themselves a 6 out of 10 when it comes to their overall sexual performance. Two fifths of people (39%) ranked themselves in the lower half of the scale, saying they’re often worried about getting it wrong and not satisfying the needs of their sexual partners.
So when asked what they’d be willing to give up in exchange for complete confidence over their sexual performance, they were willing to sacrifice other pleasures to be better at sex with nearly half saying they'd sacrifice either alcohol or chocolate for sexual performance. The top three items were ranked as giving up alcohol (22%), chocolate (22%) and watching sport (21%).
You can read the details on the study and findings here.
Release ID: 88997686