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Gen Z Is Going Through A "Sex Recession"

  • Experts believe Gen Z is experiencing a "sex recession"

  • Author Maria Yagoda blames platforms like TikTok and Instagram

  • Researchers also have identified the pandemic's impact as a key driver behind the sex recession


According to the latest news cycle, Gen Z is caught in a sex recession. The culprit? Social media, of course.

In the new book "Laid and Confused: Why We Tolerate Bad Sex and How to Stop," author Maria Yagoda blames platforms like TikTok and Instagram for bombarding young people with toxic messages about sex. She says it ultimately hinders their ability to experience pleasure. Combine this with the effects of the pandemic, and it's no wonder Gen Z is facing challenges in the bedroom. Let's dive deeper into the factors contributing to this disheartening trend, shall we?

Toxic Messaging on Social Media: The Pleasure Paradox

While platforms like TikTok and Instagram have given Gen Z a platform to explore their sexualities, they have also unintentionally led them astray when it comes to building affirming and pleasurable sex lives. The constant exposure to titillating imagery from a young age has created unrealistic expectations and skewed perceptions of what satisfying sex should be like. Yagoda says demographic has been left feeling dissatisfied and unsure if their sex lives can ever reach the level of pleasure they desire.

The Pandemic Effect: A Further Blow to Pleasure As if the social media onslaught wasn't enough, the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the challenges faced by Gen Z. Researchers have identified the pandemic's impact as a key driver behind the sex recession. With the loss of pleasurable experiences, the motivation to coordinate sexual encounters has dwindled. A study found that 81% of single men reported sex being less of a priority post-pandemic. The inability to justify the effort required for sexual intimacy when the experience lacks pleasure has further dampened the sexual lives of Gen Z.

Unfulfilling Experiences and Communication Barriers In Yagoda's book, interviews revealed the disappointing reality of Gen Z's sex lives. A beaten down 20-something describes her casual encounters as existing on the "meh-to-bad" spectrum, citing partners who lack skill and rely on mainstream porn for guidance. (Blah. Learning to fuck from porn is like learning to drive from “Fast and Furious”.) Pew Research Center data highlights that 60% of men under 30 are choosing to remain single, with sustained porn viewing being a significant contributing factor. Even for those attempting genuine connections, social anxieties hinder effective communication, leading to unsatisfying sexual experiences.

Here at PSYN Inc., we’re taking Gen Z’s sex recession as seriously as MSNBC and Fox Business is taking the potential US recession. It’s a complex issue, driven by the toxic messaging propagated by social media platforms and further exacerbated by the impact of the pandemic. It's essential to challenge unrealistic expectations and foster open discussions around healthy sexuality. By prioritizing genuine connections, communication, and debunking harmful myths perpetuated online, Gen Z can reclaim their sexual satisfaction and create more fulfilling experiences in the bedroom.

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