Gee, let’s see: if you are spending all your time and energy worrying about where your next paycheck is coming from, chances are you don’t have much time for the “horizontal bop.” We need a study to figure this out????
But now, here is something surprising: did you know the AARP periodically commissions this survey on sexual attitudes and practices among people age 45+? They did it in 1999, 2004 and now they’ve just released their findings for 2009. And I thought all these folks did was fight for Medicare and better senior discounts at Cracker Barrel.
Here’s a few more “less-than-startling” results of the study:
Results show that the sexual revolution continues in the older population as Boomers continue to age. Opposition to sex among those who are not married is down by half over the past 10 years.
This is news? On television, married people are usually the only ones not having sex. Okay, now this next one is so obvious it made me chuckle:
Men continue to think about sex more often than women, see it as more important to their quality of life, engage in sexual activities more often, are less satisfied if without a partner, and are twice as likely as women (21 percent versus 11 percent) to admit to sexual activity outside their relationship.
Hmmm…well, Tiger sure tried not to admit it, didn’t he? But then when he did finally have to own up, he held a damn press conference! Okay, he’s not a baby boomer, but somehow his name immediately came to mind when I read that paragraph.
Back to the AARP survey on boomers between the sheets. The result grabbing the biggest headlines is their finding that the bad economy is bad for boomer sex:
…this push to a social environment that is more favorable to widespread sexual activity has run head on into an economic environment that is adding to stress and financial anxiety, factors which previous research has shown to be strongly related to sexual satisfaction. Whether because of this environment or not, both the frequency of sexual intercourse and overall sexual satisfaction are down close to ten points since 2004, while the frequency of self-stimulation and sexual thoughts and fantasies have not changed.
Wait a minute…did that say frequency of intercourse is down in tough times, but self-stimulation is as popular as ever? Huh, maybe that’s because we don’t have to buy ourselves dinner before getting ourselves in the sack. Or as Woody Allen once so wisely said, “Don’t knock masturbation, it’s sex with someone I love.”