Offspring in danger? Germans have less and less sex

By Dr. Dorothea Flogger
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Offspring in danger? Germans have less and less sex
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Dating apps like Tinder, new loose relationship constellations like open relationships or friendship plus and increasing openness towards homosexuality. The topic of “sex” has long been tabooed. Nevertheless, a new study shows that Germans are having less and less sex. But what are the reasons for less and less sexual intercourse? Which group is particularly affected: Are they singles, seniors or couples?

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According to the new “Freizeit-Monitor 2019” study, only 52% of all Germans, i.e. only one in two, have sex at least once a month. Five years earlier, the percentage was at least 56%. Even the age at which Germans experience sex for the first time has been rising again for a long time. Also the results of the individual groups are shocking, because they speak against all stereotypes.


It’s the allied Germans who have the most sex. Surprisingly, parents are the most sexually active group. A total of 82% of German parents become intimate at least once a month, 59% of them even weekly. The numbers of childless couples look similar.


Only 49% of German singles have sex at least once a month, rare 27% of them weekly.

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For people over 65, only 23% become intimate every month. A meagre 7% of retirees have sexual intercourse weekly.


The scientific director of the study, Prof. Ulrich Reinhardt, suspects the reasons for less and less sex in factors such as increasing stress and pressure to perform. As a result of everyday stress, there would be little time for togetherness and eroticism.

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Also the expectations in the bedroom, both to women and to men, continue to rise. This would also increase the pressure to perform.


The Foundation for Future Issues in Hamburg has been carrying out regular studies on German leisure activities for about 30 years. The last representative study “Freizeit-Monitor 2019” was conducted in July. More than 2200 over 14-year-olds were personally interviewed about their leisure activities, including 90 different activities. The foundation is an initiative of the tobacco company British American Tobacco.

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