More than 40 percent of adult men but fewer than 10 percent of women say they watched porn in the past week.
More than half of men 24–35 report masturbating in the past four days, meanwhile: That’s twice the proportion of women who did so.
Americans are actually losing their virginity later than they used to, for example, with the typical teen waiting until eleventh grade; for Generation X, tenth grade was the norm.
Twenge estimates that sex-partner counts are falling too, with those born in the 1980s adding notches to their belts more slowly than those born in the 1970s did, and with those born in the 1990s racking ’em up even less rapidly.
There most certainly a gender gap, though, when it comes to pornography and masturbation.
To give a sense of how prices have fallen, in seventh grade 20 years ago, “someone I know” paid a friend for a small picture torn from a magazine of a woman who was only topless.
The wider availability of porn could plausibly have a variety of follow-on effects.
And in the 2010s came smartphone apps such as Tinder, which made it even easier for men and women looking for casual sex to find each other.
Put that all together and the “cost” of finding sexual gratification is far lower than it used to be.
It’s the survey Twenge used for her sex-partners analysis, and for nearly three decades it has repeatedly asked Americans how many partners they’ve had since age 18. six once again in the four most recent surveys, conducted between 2010 and last year.