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Smart Phones Probably Aren’t Why People Are Having Less Sex

Smart Phones Probably Aren’t Why People Are Having Less Sex: 'Candy Crush' is officially more satisfying than sex.

'Candy Crush' is officially more satisfying than sex.

Because of the prevalence of smartphones, more people than ever are developing addictions to online gambling and Internet pornography. But it turns out there’s also a downside.

A statistician at Cambridge University claims the rise of smartphones (and the Internet in general) has led to a sharp decrease in sexual activity among British couples. While researching his new book, Sex By Numbers, professor David Spiegelhalter found that the average straight couple in Great Britain has sex just three times a month. In 2000 that number stood at four times a month. In 1990 it was five.

But what’s the connection to cell phone/Internet use? Spiegelhalter doesn’t have a definitive answer, but he thinks it might have something to do with the breakdown of barriers between our personal and professional lives.

“We used to have a very big separation between our public lives and our private lives,” Spiegelhalter told BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. “Now they are so mixed up and integrated. People are checking their emails all the time. You do not have this same sort of quiet empty time that there used to be.“

"Quiet empty time” is the most British way of describing sex ever.

This explanation seems arbitrary. Rather than smartphones, why not blame less sex on the rise of Dubstep? Or perhaps the increased popularity of reality cooking shows is to blame. Watching Gordon Ramsay scream at some douche who can’t sear scallops doesn’t exactly put me in the mood for love. This feels more like correlation than causation.

The more obvious cause is England’s aging population, which is probably skewing the numbers downward. But even if Spiegelhalter did account for an aging populace and smartphones are playing a role, it’s still doubtful that work-life balance and a lack of “quiet empty time” are the real culprits. Smartphone apps such as Tinder or Ashley Madison make cheating on your spouse easier than ever. The study claims British couples are having less sex with each other, but perhaps that’s because they’re taking part in more extramarital extracurriculars. Maybe they’re actually having more sex but not with each other.

Of course, it’s possible he’s right, and I’m just burying my head in the sand because I love my phone. But if you’re going to make me choose between sex and Candy Crush Soda Saga, I’m going with Candy Crush every time.

(H/T: The Independent).


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