Why Are Young People Having Less Sex?

Feb 11, 2019

Young people these days are having less and less sex. It’s actually kind of a problem, and the reasons behind the so-called sex recession aren’t all that wholesome.


Something's up with young people. It used to be that we worried they were having too much sex too early. These days though, young adults are having less sex and launching their sex lives later. That might sound like a good thing, but the journalist Kate Julian warns that the reasons behind the decline in physical intimacy aren’t all that wholesome. And there's a lot of blame to go around, from helicopter parents, to smartphones and porn. Julian joins us to talk about what’s behind the sex recession.

Kate Julian is a senior editor at The Atlantic. Her article "The Sex Recession" is the cover story of the magazine's December issue.