Sorry, bingers...Cambridge University professor and statician Sir David John Spiegelhalte just took down 2015's most beloved meme "Netflix & Chill" meme with some new stats. According to this guy who clearly has a lot of time on his hands, there's been a significant trend in the decline of sex rates -- and he's saying TV is to blame. More specifically: Netflix!
Speaking at the Hay Festival in Britain, Spiegelhalte 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," the scientist said. "At this rate, by 2030 couples are not going to be having any sex at all, which is a very worrying trend."
“You say why? Statisticians say I don’t know," he continued. "One of the researchers mentioned the word 'iPad.' I think it’s... Netflix. 'OMG I’ve got to watch the entire second series of Game of Thrones,'" he quipped. "The point is that this massive connectivity, the constant checking of our phones, compared to just a few years ago when TV closed down at 10:30pm or whatever and there was nothing else to do... Now people are having less sex and it’s true.”
And as Indy100 points out, there are other statistics that back this claim. For instance, this published study entitled "The impact of sleep on female sexual response and behavior," which proved that "obtaining sufficient sleep is important to the promotion of healthy sexual desire and genital response, as well as the likelihood of engaging in partnered sexual activity."
In other words, the more we stay up late-night binge-watching, the less we will feel inclined to engage in sexual activity.
All fingers are pointing to you, Netflix!