Why sex in America is on the decline

With Tinder, Bumble and countless other dating apps out there, there are a lot of choices for finding Mr. or Mrs. Right Now.

However, it turns out all the choices could be making Americans have less sex, according to a recent study published in Archives of Sexual Behavior.

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Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently released the results of a 25-year study on how diet affected 76 rhesus monkeys. They published their findings in Nature Communications.

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The study found that the monkeys whose calories were more restricted had decreased rates of death and age-related illness.

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Researchers allowed one group of monkeys to eat as much as they pleased, while they began to restrict the calories of another group of monkeys by 30 percent.

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The study found that the monkeys who consumed what they wanted had a risk of disease 2.9 times higher than the group of monkeys whose diets were restricted.

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The monkeys without the restricted diets also experienced a threefold increase in risk of death.

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This is not the first time that calorie restriction has been studied. In past research, calorie restriction has been found to increase the life expectancy of rodents, flies and yeast by nearly 40 percent.

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The researchers also found that the monkeys without calorie restrictions had higher instances of diabetes, pre-diabetes and metabolic syndrome just six months into the study.

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While these findings are interesting, they do not mean that calorie restriction is the best diet. One of the study's authors, Rozalyn Anderson aptly explains that the work is "...a research tool, not a lifestyle recommendation."

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Anderson explained in a press release that studying calorie restriction is important because "...it has such a robust effect on aging and the incidence and timing of age related disease. Already, people are studying drugs that affect the mechanisms that are active in caloric restriction. There is enormous private-sector interest in some of these drugs."

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Richard Weindruch, one of the founders of the study, understands that most people could not handle a 30 percent reduction in calories. However, he still believes this research is promising because it suggests that the findings in previous studies about calorie restriction in flies and rodents also apply to rhesus monkeys, who are more closely related to humans.

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Apparently, Americans had sex nine times less per year in the early 2000's than the late 90's and this statistic isn't limited to single people. Married couples are having less sex as well.

CNN reports that psychologists have many theories. One is that this is because people are having children later in life and are just more tired. They're also a lot more involved in their kid's lives.

In addition, perhaps people would rather get instant gratification without any physical effort from things such as likes on social media or binging on Netflix.

According to CNN, critics argue that single women may just be pickier and choosing not to deal with the aftermath of sex and opting for self-pleasure instead. After all, technology isn't just for iPhones and self-driving cars.

However, the study didn't define sex which means oral sex and other forms of sensual pleasure may or may not be included.

More research needs to be done, but no word on how that study will be conducted.

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