February 9, 2009

Economy not hurting sex, but health is

Seventy-nine percent of sexually active people responding to a survey said the financial downturn hasn't hurt their sex lives, the U.S. survey indicates.

However, the nationally representative sample of 1,000 adults age 18-75, conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center in January, also says 81 percent of the respondents said they avoided or delayed sex with their partner in the past year. Fifty-three percent say they were too tired for sex and 49 percent say they felt too sick.

Nearly 60 percent of the men in the survey said they thought about sex at least once a day, compared with 19 percent of the women. Sixty-four percent of the men said sex is highly important to them vs. 47 percent of the women.

Taking care of children was a slightly more common excuse among women for not having sex -- 34 percent vs. 27 percent among men, but 30 percent of men said work got in the way of sex, vs. 28 percent of women.

To make sure there is time for sex, some schedule it in advance. Nearly half of the respondents say they a schedule sex, with 7 percent saying they schedule sex using a calendar, smart phone or personal digital assistant.

No margin of error was reported.