This article features a litany of stats about how American pork nozzles are withering from disuse. In 1991, 54% of high schoolers said they'd had sex, while today it's just 40%. In the previous generation, only 5% said they remained virgins into adulthood, and now it's 15%. Sex frequency has dropped 13% among adults ... you get the idea. This is all happening in an era when casual hookups are supposedly less stigmatized than ever. I don't think people appreciate how weird this is -- the more comfortable we are talking and thinking about sex, the less we actually want to do it.
Why? Well, I lied in the opening sentence about genitals going unused -- masturbation rates have skyrocketed in that same timeframe, according to that first link. We're a society that is, collectively, just absolutely going to town on our meat. The amount of porn being consumed is so astronomical that there's no practical way to measure it. Forget about actual porn outlets like Pornhub -- how many billions of amateur photos are viewed just on the NSFW "Gone Wild" subreddits in a month? Or Snapchat? You might as well be trying to measure how many dirty thoughts all of humanity has in a year.
Granted, this meat-beating renaissance may be more of a symptom than the cause, but good luck nailing that down. You've got an overall decline in long-term relationships (singles have less sex), people moving out of their parents' homes later (nobody wants Mom to barge in while you're riding the beef train), higher stress levels that are often tied to employment, and a decline in social skills due to less face-to-face interaction. Hey, speaking of which ...
We're In A Loneliness Crisis In General
Nearly half of Americans complain of feeling lonely, and young people have it the worst. More than half of us say we feel like no one knows us very well, and 40% say we feel isolated. Oh, and they've found that social isolation shortens your lifespan as much as smoking and obesity. People are annoying to be around, and also you'll die without them.
Once again, there are so many reasons for this that they could fill a huge, boring book. We've traded close real-life relationships for a larger volume of loose online relationships -- people who can wish you a happy birthday and compliment your outfit on Instagram, but can't smell the liquor on your breath or drive you to rehab. We normally meet friends at work, but more of us are working from home and aren't staying at the same job for as long.