Sex therapist Anjula Mutanda has said that streaming service Netflix is ‘not a cause’ after new data found that fewer than half of Britons have sex at least once a week.
The data from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine showed a general decline in sexual activity in Britain between 2001 and 2012, with the steepest declines among the over-25s and those who were married or living together.
The study found that digital distractions such as Netflix and Facebook contributed to couples having less sex because they “prevent intimacy”.
Ms Mutanda, the host of Channel 4’s Sex, told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham: “Netflix is simply a symptom not a cause. I think young people have got so much on their plates; they are trying to hold a job down, trying to afford to buy a house, trying to keep a relationship together. It is too much at once.”
The sex therapist also suggested that young Britons were struggling with loneliness.
“16-25 year olds are amongst the loneliest so they are finding it hard to connect with someone else,” she said. “Getting into a relationship feels harder and harder than it used to be and I think then there are lower levels of trust.”
She added that many young people were also looking for “the grass that is greener” and were struggling to commit to relationships.
Ms Mutanda suggested that small shows of physical affection such as hugs also helped build intimacy.
“Giving someone a hug is also good for your mental health and good for your physical health,” she said.
“Also holding hands is something that goes out of the window when we get out of the romantic phase.”