Many nations in East Asia suffer from plummeting birth-rates and complicated sex lives. Countries like South Korea and Japan have long been seen as prominent examples, but with the release of a new survey last Sunday it appears that China may soon be joining their ranks.
China Daily reports that the survey was made up of 72,377 questionnaires, and that respondents were between the ages of 26 to 55 years old. The survey also indicates that a majority of those surveyed were male (60%).
Almost 90% of respondents to the survey said satisfactory sex lives were important to marital happiness and self-confidence, but more than 70% reported being dissipated with their own sex lives with over 40% saying that they had reduced their sexual activity due to depression or stress.
Based on the survey, it would seem that a large part of the underlying problems are due to stressful work and living conditions. About 75% of respondents explained that the biggest obstacles to achieving their desired sex lives were stress and depression brought on by their busy life and work, which has led to many respondents developing health issues such as insomnia, smoking, and alcoholism.
Perhaps even more alarming was that the survey revealed that more than 90% had turned to traditional Chinese medicine when facing problems with erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation, while only seven out of 100 men chose to have their problems treated with Western medicine. The UPI reports that according to the survey only 14% thought Sildenafil, the main active ingredient in Viagra, was safe to consume. Snake and deer penis liquor though? That stuff is legit.
In an interview, Dr. Liu Defeng, a physician at Peking University Third Hospital, blamed the problem on patients being too shy to openly discuss their sex lives with doctors and widespread distrust towards Western medicine.
“Most of them feel shy about telling doctors about their problems, or are overly concerned about the side-effects of pills,” said Dr. Liu.
A 2014 survey provided a comprehensive breakdown of Chinese sex habits. The findings showed that the the large majority of males surveyed said they had sex less than once per week. A slightly smaller group, 37% of males, reported having sex between one and three times per week, and a triumphant 8% of men say they’re getting it on more than five times a week.
Meanwhile, 37% of men and women reported feeling “extremely satisfied” with their sex lives, while the majority, 51% of respondents, said they were “basically satisfied.” 8% of people considered sex to be routine, while 4% viewed it only as necessary for reproduction.
By Stanley Yu