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Study reveals we’re having less sex during lockdown but are being more adventurous

New data has revealed that Australians are ‘doing it’ less during lockdown.

A recent study by sexual wellness brand Lovehoney has found sexual activity has declined by 25% during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the data, the sex lives of those living in South Australia have suffered the least, with residents having only -13% less sex than pre-lockdown days.

This was followed closely by folks in New South Wales (-15%) and Queensland (-26%).

Western Australia has seen sexual frequency decrease by 30% during lockdown, the second highest out of all states behind Victoria (-34%).

However, while we’re having less sex it seems we’re being more adventurous in the bedroom, with almost three-quarters of subjects saying they’ve “tried new things” and will continue to do so post-lockdown.

“Those couples still living together are being more sexually adventurous,” says Lovehoney’s Sex and Relationship Expert, Chantelle Otten. “Many are seeing an improvement in their sex lives, even if they have to make love a little more quietly so as not to disturb housemates or family.”


It seems Aussies prefer quality over quantity with sexual activity shifting from 2.3 times a week to 1.7 times a week. However, this is largely down to the fact so many couples under the age of 35 do not live together and have been unable to see each other as much due to restrictions.

Still there are other ways to get oneself off: 84% of couples have admitted to sexting during the past few months, and 42% have enjoyed video sex sessions together – be it via Facetime, Zoom or Skype.

On the toys front, Lovehoney has seen strong sales throughout the crisis with its best-selling products including a ‘Fifty Shades of Grey Greedy Girl G-Spot Rabbit Vibrator’ and a ‘Hot Shot Rechargeable Warming Male Masturbator’.

A mouthful, to say the least.

Antonino Tati

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