According to a South African survey conducted by Pharma Dynamics, South African men are having sex on average 52 times a year – far less than the global average of 104 times a year for the rest of the world.
The study included over 500 men between the ages of 18 and 55, involved in a committed relationship.
Men blamed everything from the economy, mounting work pressure, and the distraction of social media for their lack of sex, Mariska van Aswegen, Pharma Dynamics spokesperson said. “It’s a fallacy that men are always up to the task. Stress and anxiety activates the survival system of the body and inhibits libido,” she said.
A total of 23% of men surveyed admitted suffering from impotence, 12% of them saying they had lived with the condition for several years.
“Currently [according to urologists], it affects more than 40% of SA men and urologists confirm that the condition is much more common than a decade or two ago,” Van Aswegen said.
“When asked how often SA doctors treated erectile dysfunction in their practice, 80% of them said more than 10 times a month – a steep increase from a few years ago.”
The survey found 7% of men took erectile dysfunction medication recreationally to boost their sexual performance, even though they did not need it.
Van Aswegen said this was dangerous as it could lead to drug dependence and could cause erectile dysfunction problems.
It was usually younger men who misused erectile dysfunction drugs, she said.
The survey also discovered that modern technology was behind the downward trend in sexual activity in South Africa. People were taking their tablets and smartphones into the bedroom.
34% of the men surveyed admitted to doing this, and 51% said their partner did it too.
“These days people touch their smartphones more than they touch their partners,” said Van Aswegen.
“The fact that work comes into our home now blurs the line between the bedroom and the outside world.”