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Young men are giving up sex to play video games, a study has found. The US-based research found that computer gaming by men in their early 20s explained a quarter of the decline in their propensity to have casual sex. According to studies the proportion who say they have not had a non-romantic sexual encounter in the past year has risen from For men aged 18 to 24, it rose from For women, the biggest sexplay games explaining the decline in their casual sex lives was drinking, which ed for a quarter of the drop.
According to the researchers, no other factor stood out or was statistically ificant. For the men, however, of the key aspects of their lives which appeared to be having an effect, the largest was drinking followed by gaming. Prof Simon Forrest, of the Institute for Health and Society at Newcastle University, said many young people tended to form long-term partnerships later in life, with people not settling down until their 30s. Young people also remaining dependent on their families, both financially and in terms of living at home, might be a factor.
He also pointed to what he calls the 'pornographisation' of society, in which the greater access to explicit pornography online might be affecting sexual relationships. For example, young people might be concerned about the objectifaction of their bodies, about increasing negative attitudes towards women, and they might even be having fewer sexual encounters because they're spending more time with pornography.
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Ten per cent was ed for by the fact that they were still living with their parents. The reasons for the decline has been exercising academics.
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