This desire was more often voiced by people who were married or living together as a couple, which the researchers say "merits concern". "Sex", in this case, included vaginal intercourse, oral sex, or anal sex with people of the same gender or "opposite" gender, making this particular study refreshingly inclusive of different types of sex (and therefore a more accurate assessment than other surveys that only count penetrative heterosexual sex). She said the survey results may be a comfort to many.
Between the first and second survey, the percentage of people not having sex fell from 28.5 to 23 percent in women and from 30.9 to 26 percent in men.
Overall, 41 per cent of men and women had sex once a week or more in the last month, the most recent survey showed.
And despite scores of couples reporting having fewer romps, people seem to have the misinformed notion that other couples are having way more sex than they are. Among men, the proportion went from 19.9 percent in 1991 to 20.2 percent in 2001 and then down to 14.4 percent in 2012.
"At the same time, the proportion of men and women saying that they would prefer more frequent sex increased". "If you've been online gaming as a lot of younger people do, watching episode after episode of a box set, your brain just can't cope dealing with face-to-face relationships, which means you're going to have less sex".
They found a gradual decline in sexual activity in Britain. Those odds also "decreased markedly" among men in that age group, the researchers noted.
Fewer than HALF of Britons report having sex at least once a week, and, according to the study, rates are declining.
The authors said "most compelling" among the explanations for the decline was "the stress and "busyness" of modern life, such that work, family life, and leisure are constantly juggled".
"It is interesting that those most affected are in their mid-life - the so-called "sandwich" generation".
Those individuals in better physical and mental health, who were fully employed and had higher incomes, were more likely to have sex more frequently, according to the findings.
However, the data also show that half of all women (50.6%) and nearly two-thirds of men (64.3%) said they would prefer to have sex more often, particularly those who were married or living together, which the authors said "merits concern". Men burned more than women, at about 100 calories versus 69. "Many people are likely to find it reassuring that they are not out of line", Wellings said. In the study, more than 34,000 of Brits ages 16-44 were asked questions about their sex lives.