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Game of Thrones and other addictive box sets are preventing British couples having as much sex as they did in the past, a Cambridge University statistician has warned. |
David Spiegelhalter, a professor of the Public Understanding of Risk, said the trend in declining sex rates over the last 30 years was ‘very worrying.’
In 1990 couples had sex around five times a month, but now it is just three times, a 40 percent decrease in just 20 years. If currents trends continue couples would not be having sex at all by 2030.
Previously researchers have warned that couples are killing the mood by bringing their iPads to bed. But Prof Speigelhalter said it was the rise of ‘massive connectivity’ embodied by Netflix, smarts and box-sets which meant people never needed to be bored.
Speaking at the Hay Festival, Prof Speigelhalter said: “How many times have you had sex in the last four weeks? You can start seeing the changes in society.
“People are having less sex. Sexually active couples between 16 and 64 were asked and the median was five times in the last month in 1990, then four times in 2000 and three times in 2010.
“At this rate by 2030 couples are not going to be having any sex at all. Which is a very worrying trend.
“You say why? Statisticians say I don’t know. One of the researchers mentioned the word iPad. I think it’s the box set, Netflix. OMG I’ve got to watch the entire second series of Game of Thrones.
“The point is that this massive connectivity, the constant checking of our s compared to just a few years ago when TV closed down at 10.30pm or whatever and there was nothing else to do. Even power cuts which helps. Now people are having less sex and it’s true.”
Prof Speigelhalter also said that couples who had sex more often were more likely to have boys, because statistics showed that getting pregnant earlier in a woman’s ovulation cycle favoured male children.
It is why there is often a big surge in the birth of boys at the end of wars when soldiers return home and are having increasing amounts of sex.
“When are more boys born? End of wars. More boys are born when people are having more sex,” said Prof Spiegelhalter.?
“If you’re having a lot of sex then it’s more likely you’ll get pregnant before the time of peak fecundity.
“There is some evidence from animals that there is a very small increased chance of having a boy if you conceive earlier. Don’t use this choice as a sex choice method, it only works at population level.
Fertility rates rose in Britain at the end of the Second World War until the invention of the contraceptive pill, at which time they began to fall dramatically.
There was an unexpected peak in 1973, which Professor Spiegelhalter said might be to do with the 1973 oil CRIsis when the Ted Heath government instigated a three-day week to save fuel and power cuts were common.