(From Hong Kong Economic Journal)

It’s not enough that people in Hong Kong have less sex, it’s that even when they have it, it sucks. This is, according to surveys dating back to 2000, anecdotal evidence and personal experience.

For years, people have been trying to explain away the low sexual frequency rep. Low, as in as many as 35% of men saying that haven’t had sex during the previous six months, according to one study, and 18.1% of women having “low coital frequency”, as in no sex the entire year, according to another study.

“To many Hong Kong people, having sex is too much trouble,” said sex expert Dr Ng Wing-ying, pointing to the huge work pressures and busy lifestyle of most Hongkongers, according to Time Out Hong Kong in 2012.

Sex experts say work pressure and busy lifestyle are interfering with people’s sex life in Hong Kong

“Hong Kong people are too tired after work to build up the mood and have sex with their partners. In many cases, they’d rather do it themselves.”

According to an Agence-France Presse report in 2013, the biggest obstacle is privacy, saying that the city’s 7.2 million people are stacked on top of each other in rows of closely packed skyscrapers.

Astronomical real estate prices, too, tend to ground younger adults in their parents’ apartments until their late 20s, and sometimes late 30s, making it difficult if outright impossible to have a sex life. Others blame women. More than three in 10 women reported having no sexual desire, and the same number of women reported having trouble getting aroused, according to a study conducted in 2014 by the Family Planning Association of Hong Kong. Another third reported they experienced pain during sex. Read More

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