Here's some intimate new research on modern libido. A once-a-decade study of sexual frequency among 15,000 Britons between the ages of 16 and 44 found the frequency of sex in decline. The numbers indicate that having sex under 5 times per month is the average, down from more than 6 times per month ten years ago. The BBC reports:

The study's authors say modern life may be having an impact on libidos.
Dr Cath Mercer, from University College London, said: "People are worried about their jobs, worried about money. They are not in the mood for sex.
"But we also think modern technologies are behind the trend too. People have tablets and smartphones and they are taking them into the bedroom, using Twitter and Facebook, answering emails."
She also said the survey suggested that couples aged 16 to 44 may be using online porn as a substitute for sex.

It's a decline likely to continue, at least if Japan's epidemic levels of young people who don't care about sex are any indication.

"Although there has long been a pragmatic separation of love and sex in Japan - a country mostly free of religious morals - sex fares no better. A survey earlier this year by the Japan Family Planning Association (JFPA) found that 45% of women aged 16-24 "were not interested in or despised sexual contact". More than a quarter of men felt the same way."

Not all abstinence is healthy …

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