Sexuality during the pandemic
During Lockdown, couples were spending a lot of time together and singles had to look for unusual ways to meet people. What happened to sex? Three singles, two couples and a polyamorous trio talk about their experiences in
ZEIT Magazine No26/2021
During the first Lockdown, surveys show that many people were spending time together at home refreshing their sex lives. According to the Kinsey Institute, the well-known sex research organization in the U.S., one in five people tried new sex positions, shared sexual fantasies or sex messages.
In the meantime, however, unwillingness has increased. Studies from around the world indicate a decline in intercourse and masturbation. Thousands of people from Austria and Germany took part in a survey conducted by Barbara Rothmüller, a sociologist and sex educator at Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. 23 percent said they had less time for sex. Every fifth person reported being too stressed for intimacy and sexuality. For a good third, the desire for partner sex decreased in the second lockdown.
by Anne Backhaus