Self-love for men and women is at an all-time high.
A 1992 study found that 29 percent of men (and 9 percent of women) masturbated at least once a week.
Regnerus blames cheap sex for the decreasing education and employment rates among men as greater numbers of women get college degrees and enter the labor force.
Six percent more women than men in the 25-34 age group have a bachelor’s degree.
In 2014, 49 percent of men (and 32 percent of women) confessed to doing it at least once in the previous six days.
Unsurprisingly, “as frequency of [watching] porn increased, so did masturbation.” All of this, Regnerus concludes, means that as long as sex is so low-cost for men, heterosexual women will have increasing difficulties finding a partner worth committing to.
The share of Americans ages 25-34 who are married dropped 13 percentage points from 2000 to 2014.
Regnerus backs this theory up with a quote from social psychologists Roy Baumeister and Kathleen Vohs, who study this phenomenon.
“Nowadays young men can skip the wearying detour of getting education and career prospects to qualify for sex,” they write. This is today’s version of the opiate of the (male) masses.” Regnerus argues that while women have maintained their role as sexual gatekeepers, men control the marriage market.
They do not want to be responsible for ‘raising’ men.
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