JSTOR looks beyond the hype to examine what the “sex recession” is and whether we should be concerned about it. Several CCF experts weighed in on why the fear of a “sex recession” is misdirected.
For example, Daniel Carlson explains how the amount of sex is not strongly linked to how satisfied you are with your sex life.
Moreover, in thinking about the many possible explanations for this trend, Stephanie Coontz emphasizes that the decrease in sex “should not be treated as a single phenomenon with one overarching cause.”
Overall, the evidence suggests that “a small drop in aggregate annual sexual frequency has no demonstrable effect on how couples form, and sustain, fulfilling relationships.”Cohabitation, Committed Relationships & Marriage / History & Trends on Gender, Marriage & Family Life