At some point in our lives, we’re likely to have watched Netflix and almost certainly chilled. But one Cambridge professor believes we never actually combine the two.
Sex and TV are two things you’d never think would compete for our limited attention, but they are apparently doing just that, according to Professor David Spiegelhalter anyway.
The Cambridge University statistician claims that declining sex rates are down to the age of box set television and, more specifically, the rise of Netflix.
Apparently, couples in the UK are having 40 per cent less sex than we did 20 years ago, with researchers previously warning that the rise of electronic devices means people are finding it harder than ever to be bored, or have sex.
But binge-watching addictive shows like Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad could also be to blame.
Talking to an audience at the Hay Festival, Spiegelhalter said:
People are having less sex. Sexually active couples between 16 and 64 were asked and the median was five times in the last month in 1990, then four times in 2000 and three times in 2010. At this rate by 2030 couples are not going to be having any sex at all. I think it’s the box set, Netflix.
You say why? Statisticians say I don’t know. One of the researchers mentioned the word iPad. I think it’s the box set, Netflix. OMG I’ve got to watch the entire second series of Game of Thrones.
It turns out that Spiegelhalter has a pretty good point, as studies have shown that sex drive is directly related to how well you sleep – the better you sleep, the higher your sex drive.
So chucking in the likes of Orange is the New Black or House of Cards means you can pretty much wave that goodbye.
Without having to wait for weekly episode releases as well, people have gotten used to binge-watching entire series in a day or two, when we could be doing more, erm, productive activities.
So, maybe it’s time for a little less Netflix and a bit more chill?