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Faith and Sexual Satisfaction

Discussion in 'General Religious Debates' started by IndigoChild5559, May 23, 2019.

  1. IndigoChild5559

    IndigoChild5559 Loving God and my neighbor as myself.

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    Quotes are from: Sexual Satisfaction: Religion Increases It in Couples | National Review This article is a summary of the much longer scientific study: https://ifstudies.org/ifs-admin/resources/reports/worldfamilymap-2019-051819final.pdf

    Religious couples are the most blissful of all.

    One of the more remarkable developments of the last 50 years is the relentless commitment of a segment of the American academic and cultural elite to selling a vision of American life that is slowly but relentlessly proving to be — on balance — more harmful for children and less joyful for adults, while also relentlessly mocking (at worst) or ignoring (at best) the life choices that lead — again, on balance — to greater human flourishing....

    The global data reflected the U.S. reality. Highly religious couples “enjoy higher-quality relationships and more sexual satisfaction” compared with mixed or entirely secular couples. ....

    It’s worth considering these results in light of a recent, much-discussed Atlantic story by Kate Julian describing America’s so-called “sex recession.” In a time when our nation has erased sexual taboos, cast off moral restraints, and become “more tolerant of sex in just about every permutation,” young Americans are having less sex. And one of the prime reasons is the “decline in couplehood among young people.” Married people have more sex than single people, yet fewer people get married, and the people who do marry “have been marrying later.”

    IFS senior fellow Bradford Wilcox and IFS research fellow Lyman Stone followed Julian’s work by examining whether the sex recession was related to the measurable decline of happiness in America’s young adults. They concluded that “changes in sexual frequency can account for about one-third of the decline in happiness since 2012 and almost 100 percent of the decline in happiness since 2014.”
     
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  2. Brickjectivity

    Brickjectivity Veteran Member
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    I think a lot of this is fallout from the extreme treatment of divorcees that was common over the last century or so and the complete public silence about sex. Divorce has only recently become legal, and the religious public have continually praised virginity. Through ignorance the churches destroyed the marriage system. There was an extreme in the complete opposite direction of today, just as if not more harmful, and old books show that some people got married not even knowing that sex existed. People were afraid to admit there were problems. We've been transitioning towards marriages that are not held together by fear and social stigma, and its been turbulent. We're finding out as a society that marriage has value for kids and is not simply a matter of social standing or legality. Its been an expensive but necessary lesson.
     
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  3. dingdao

    dingdao The eternal Tao cannot be told - Tao Te Ching

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    A quick out-take: belief in the Christian God makes you concieve.
     
  4. David T

    David T Well-Known Member
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    Everyone should know sexuality is way beyond us we simply participate. That said one needs their crazy to match and boy does religion tend to be that. John prines song "inspite of ourselves" nails it scientifically speaking.

     
  5. A Vestigial Mote

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    The dominating "average" or "normal" arrangement has been between 2 believers (however fervent or half-hearted) for quite some time. Last I checked, the religious population of the U.S. still outnumbers the non-religious as well. Which means that your older, more time-tested couples are mostly still from eras of more strict/regular/normal religious adherence. We're only recently getting into an era of wider-spread unions between people of differing views, and only recently seeing a statistically significant number of non-religious same-view marriages/couplings.

    My point being, it is sort of unfair to take a look at a newer "work in progress" and state that it is a failure before society has had a chance to actually adapt.

    Just as a side note - one of the graphs of data seemed a bit wonky to me. It showed that lack of religiosity saw females cheating far more than males in relationships, while religiosity had males cheating at a percentage higher than not only their religious female counterparts, but also higher than non-religious males. Here's the image:

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    I don't know... does this seem odd/unlikely to anyone else?
     
  6. pcarl

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    It might depend on how the question is asked of young people. Unless there is intercourse there is no actual sex, giving blow jobs and hand jobs don't count as 'having sex'.
     
  7. IndigoChild5559

    IndigoChild5559 Loving God and my neighbor as myself.

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    I gave the link to the actual study. You can check there.
     
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