Seniors generally more interested in sex than young people

Young people may talk about it a lot, but do less than their parents. The latest becoming survey for APEF on the “ French and love “*, released in January 2023, reveals that 60-70 year olds are more interested and practice sex more (34%) than those under 18-24 (21%). Furthermore, sexuality counts in love especially for men (37%), but much less for women (16%). Results that are part of several other surveys.

More freedom for seniors

These results are a priori surprising among young people, when it has never been so easy in our society to experience sexual relations, whether between “occasional friends” or through dating applications. But, as France Ortelli pointed out in the episode of “All Sexplained” entitled ” Sex (for two) is no longer desirable “: the more we can do it, the less we want to do it, in a society that causes anxiety and exhausts young people…

In this episode of Everything is explained », our weekly podcast devoted to sexuality, health and society, listen to Véronique Cayado, research engineer in human sciences specializing in aging issues for the Oui Care Institute. The author of You will understand when you are old (Editions du Palio, 2022) returns to the sexuality of seniors, which still remains taboo, a source of discomfort for many younger people.

In this interview, Véronique Cayado emphasizes in particular that aging “does not mean a lowering of libido, of desire. It is not age, as such, that can explain everything”. Why is the generation of “baby boomers” more liberated, and have more sexual relations than previous generations? Why does seniors’ sexuality represent a societal revolution in the representation of old age? How to consider the sexuality of seniors, especially in senior residences and EPHADs? What changes can we imagine in the next decade? These are questions from this interview with Véronique Cayado, to listen to above.

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*Electronic survey interviewing 1,000 men and women representative of the French population, in terms of gender, age, PCS and region, including 373 seniors (60 years and over), carried out in September 2022 by becoming.

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