Next time you invite your crush over to “Netflix and chill,” make sure you both understand the concept, because some couples are literally icing out their sex lives in favor of TV.
According to new research that examined the correlation between television ownership and frequency of sex — using data from nearly 4 million individuals in 80 countries — TV seems to have replaced sex as the favorite past time for some couples.
…while television may not kill your sex life, it is associated with some sex life morbidity. Under our most conservative estimate, we find that television ownership is associated with approximately a 6% reduction in the likelihood of having had sex in the past week, consistent with a small degree of substitutability between television viewing and sexual activity.
The study found that “household wealth and reproductive health knowledge” do not appear to be driving this association.
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Researchers specifically call out shows that start late at night, like ‘Game of Thrones,” saying programs that start at 10 p.m. or later cut into an entirely different type of entertainment.
It’s also worth noting that these results are from 2010, way before Netflix binging became a thing. Basically, it’s safe to say nobody is having sex anymore.