Financial stress may be the main reason why Americans 45 and older are having sex less often and are less satisfied with sex.
A new AARP survey of 1,670 people 45 and over found that 28 percent said they had intercourse at least once a week, and 40 percent said they had intercourse at least once a month. Both categories were down at least 10 percent from 2004, the Associated Press reported.
Only 43 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with their sex lives, compared with 51 percent in 2004.
The survey also found that only 22 percent of respondents said sex outside of marriage was wrong, compared with 41 percent in 1991.
"The economy has had an impact on these people," sociologist Pepper Schwartz, AARP's sex and relationship expert, told the AP. "They're more liberal in their attitudes, yet they're having sex less often. The only thing I see that's changed in a negative direction is financial worries."