How does sex fit into modern marriage?

We thus use the terms “sex” and “sexual intimacy” to refer to this broader range of sexual behaviors – from a casual but intimate touch or glance to sexual intercourse. A nationally representative survey of the sex lives of Americans found that married people are quite sexually active and, relative to other marital status groups, report the highest level of satisfaction with their sex lives (Michael et al., 1994). Marital satisfaction is significantly and positively associated with sexual satisfaction (Blumstein & Schwartz, 1983; Henderson-King & Veroff, 1994), although causal order between these variables is difficult to assess. (more…)