Being on Our Phones Constantly Is Killing Our Sex Lives, Says Candace Bushnell

Being on Our Phones Constantly Is Killing Our Sex Lives, Says Candace Bushnell

More phone equals less sex, according to Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell.

By Marianne Garvey
Cell phones kill sex life

Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell is asking what’s up with sex in her new book, Is There Still Sex in the City?

Well, is there?

“It’s less,” Bushnell told Page Six. "I think there’s not a lot of romance. Partly because of the Internet, everybody is in their own little phone bubble. People are more involved in their phones than they are with each other. Let’s face it, that’s a romance killer."

Well, she may be on to something. In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that the percentage of high-school students who’d had sex dropped from 54 to 40 percent. The U.S. teen pregnancy rate has plummeted to a third of its modern high. 

The Atlantic even calls it a "Sex Recession," stating that "in the space of a generation, sex has gone from something most high-school students have experienced to something most haven’t.... People now in their early 20s are two and a half times as likely to be abstinent as Gen Xers were at that age; 15 percent report having had no sex since they reached adulthood. 

"In the U.S., about 60 percent of adults under age 35 now live without a spouse or a partner. In Japan in 2015, 43 percent of young people (ages 18 to 34) were virgins. Married people were not having much sex, either: 47 percent said it had been more than a month since they had sex."

Phones were a common problem when people were asked why no sex.

"Digital distractions are among the most obvious potential culprits. Sleep deprivation doesn’t help, either. Having a negative body image, or feeling self-conscious about your naked body, can also stand in the way of sexual fulfillment, and today’s young adults may struggle more with these issues," The Atlantic reports.

“Our hunger for sex is supposed to be primal,” notes the report, yet people “pick messing around online over actual messing around.” 

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