People having less sex 'because of modern technology'

People are having less sex because of the distractions of modern day life, including smartphones and social media websites, researchers said.

It is Natsal's third survey on sexual attitudes of Britons. Credit: Natsal

A survey of over 15,000 Britons showed that those between 16 to 44 were having sex fewer than five times a month, the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal) found.

That figure was down from previous surveys in 1990-91 and 1999-2001 when couples were having sex more than six times a month.

University College London's Dr Cath Mercer said money and job worries meant people were "not in the mood for sex".

She added: "We also think modern technologies are behind the trend too. People have tablets and smartphones and they are taking them into the bedroom, using Twitter and Facebook, answering emails."