YOUNG Brits are having less sex than a decade ago — with experts blaming digital distractions such as Netflix.
Fewer than half of those aged 16-44 get it on at least once a week, a study found.
Getty – Contributor A study has claimed that young Brits are too distracted by technology to have sex
Brits are having less sex than they were in 2001
Lovers now spend too much time on Facebook, smartphones and watching Netflix box sets, a study suggests.
Lead researcher Kaye Wellings said they are all “likely distractions that may prevent intimacy”.
The study found 29 per cent of young Brits had no sex in the past month.
This compares to only 23 per cent of men and 26 per cent of women a decade earlier.
Latest figures reflect a loss of interest in sex among people aged 16 to 44 — with fewer than half romping at least once a week.
Modern life and digital distractions mean young Brits are too busy for sex, experts claim.
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The findings in The British Medical Journal come from an analysis of more than 34,000 Brits’ sex lives.
They show that only 41 per cent of young Brits slip between the sheets at least once a week.
Also the number of them going through barren spells rose between 2001 and 2012.
Those reporting ten or more monthly sessions plunged.
The drop was most pronounced among married or co-habiting couples and women aged 35-44 — roughly halving over a decade.
Experts warn a lack of physical intimacy may impact on overall health.
The NHS recommends Brits get frisky at least once a week to help “fend off illness”.
Researchers said it “merits concern” that growing numbers say they would like more frequent sex — with half of women and two-thirds of men claiming they are not getting enough.
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Men and women in better physical and mental health had sex more frequently, as did those who were fully employed.
Lead researcher Kaye Wellings, Professor of Sexual and Reproductive Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: “There is a great deal of competition that a sexual relationship has to face.
“In the digital age, there are more diversionary stimuli that can take up your spare time . . . smartphones, Netflix and social media are all likely distractions that may prevent intimacy.”
Boozing out like legovers
HEALTH-conscious Brits are boozing less — which could stop some losing their inhibitions to slip between the sheets.
Alcohol consumption in the UK fell by seven per cent between 2010 and 2017 — from an average of 12.3 litres to 11.4 litres annually.
And by 2030 it is projected to drop even further to 11.1 litres.
UK consumption is still nearly double the world average of 6.5 litres.
Global boozing is predicted to rise over the next decade due to inc- reased demand in developing nations, according to the Lancet study.
Researchers said falling UK demand is down to tax rises and squee- zed household funds.
Experts say more people are drinking responsibly. Nearly one in four Brits are teetotallers.
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