The pandemic changed how Americans have sex. Experts explain why.
The pandemic has changed life as we know it in a lot of ways – including our sex lives, studies show. While some people have reported more sexual activity during the pandemic, many saw a decline. Other studies show a spike in people trying a new experience. Experts say lockdowns and stay-at-home orders were a time for many to bond with their spouse or partner. But for others, sex was the last thing on their mind as they navigated new health precautions, getting vaccinated and more. “This pandemic wasn’t experienced the same way by everyone. In terms of lockdown restrictions and what was going on in their local area, and also the degree of personal concern people had about COVID,” said Justin Lehmiller, a research fellow at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University and the host of the “Sex and Psychology” podcast. “Some people were living with a partner in an established relationship. Some people were living alone,” he added. “The circumstances were just totally different for everyone.”How much sex are people in the U.S. having during the pandemic? Experts say a couple having sex once a week is a common baseline. But that tends to apply to 40- and 50-year-olds, while 20- and 30-year-olds have reported an