British Having Less Sex, Want More: Study

Couples are behind an overall decline in British people having less sex, according to a new study that also found that many of them want more sex.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 34,000 people, ages 16-44, surveyed in 1991, 2011 and 2012, CNN reported.

Between 2001 and 2012, the number of men who reported not having sex in the previous month rose from 26% to 29.2%, while the rate among women rose from 23% to 29.3%, according to the study in the BMJ.

In 2012, fewer than 1 in 6 people said they had sex 10 times or more in the previous month in 2012, compared with just over 1 in 5 in 2001.

Married or cohabiting couples had slightly more sex in 2001 than in 1991, but less in 2012 than in 2001 or 1991, CNN reported.

But the general decline in sex was not as significant among single people, and the study found that the rate of single men who reported no sex in the previous month fell from 50.3% in 1991 to 43.4% in 2012.

The researchers also found that more than half of women and almost two-thirds of men said they wanted more sex.

Both opposite-sex and same-sex intercourse were included in the study, CNN reported.

While the findings are from the U.K., they match trends in other countries, including the United States, according to the researchers.

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