It turns not "doing it" is the latest in thing... who knew single Christians were so ahead of the times?
There have been a lot of unexpected stories knocking about in the press but this is truly the news no one saw coming. It turns out that celibacy is trending in the UK. Yep, you read that right - it’s not just the Christians that are at it (or not “at it” in this case) but the population as a whole is enjoying abstaining from a roll around in the sack.
New Google data revealed that celibacy, which means voluntarily not having sex, is a growing trend, and some studies found younger people are having sex less often. The data shows a 90 per cent increase in searches for the term celibacy in the UK over the last month, indicating a growing trend in interest, and is currently at an all-time high in the UK. But why is this happening?
Data shows a 90 per cent increase in searches for the term celibacy in the UK.
Relationship expert Valon Asani from dating app Dua.com suggested a few reasons for this turning tide. The potential explaination could be a growing awareness of the effect casual sex can have on your mental health. The expert said: "People may choose celibacy to improve their mental health. Fewer or no sexual partners means lower chances of developing sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancies, and emotional stress. Some may be recovering from past traumas. Others may be avoiding the emotional complications of relationships."
Another reason suggested by the professional was that celibacy could give people the space they need for personal growth and development. He said: "Dating culture has changed. Online dating is mainstream, making it easier for people to get stuck in an endless loop of swiping and having casual sex while always looking for something better rather than finding meaningful connections. For some, these experiences may lead to unhappiness. Celibacy may become an alternative to traditional dating and casual sex or to find more meaningful and fulfilling relationships."
"Celibacy may become an alternative to traditional dating and casual sex or to find more meaningful and fulfilling relationships."
Valon also offered words of wisdom to those who were left feeling unfulfilled by casual sex. He said: "In that case, it may be worth considering taking a break from these activities and exploring what you truly want from relationships and sex. It may be helpful to take a moment to reflect on your values, needs, and boundaries and seek counselling or therapy to work through any underlying emotional issues affecting your relationships."
Couples experiencing difficultiesValon Asani is a relationship expert from dating app Dua.com.