Are U.S. Orgasm Rates Declining?

FriendFinder Networks has been tracking orgasms around the world as part of its mission to improve the sex lives of people everywhere. It has identified some troubling trends.

“When we combine statistics for Sex Frequency and Population by Age, we calculate what we call Peak Orgasm,” said Andrew Conru, PhD and CEO of FriendFinder Networks. “This allows us to locate where the most people in the world are having the most sex at any given time. What we discovered surprised and disturbed us.”

A Disturbing Trend in Orgasms

FriendFinder Networks’ Peak Orgasm studies show:

  • Japan reached Peak Orgasm in 1993 and has been on a steady decline ever since.
  • The U.S. is just on the crest of Peak Orgasm, but its growth is at risk. Statistics warn of a downhill slump to come.
  • Central Africa, Pakistan and India are on their way up, up, and up to almost 5 times as many orgasm in 2050 than today.

What do these trends mean to orgasm seekers worldwide? Is the U.S. doomed to its fate as a nation of dwindling orgasms? Or can something be done to turn things around before it’s too late?

To answer these questions, let’s take a deeper look at the International Peak Orgasm Index.

International Peak Orgasm Index

Peak Orgasm Formula

FriendFinder Networks has developed a simple formula for Peak Orgasm:

Peak Orgasm Formula

When you multiply the number of people of a given age by the number of times people of that age have sex per year and add each of those numbers, you get Peak Orgasm. Peak Orgasm is where the most people are having sex at any given time.

Sex Frequency by Age Index

To put this formula to work, let’s first look at the worldwide frequency people are having sex by age.

As expected, we found that rates of sexual activity decline as people age, with sex peaking in the 20-40 age range and tapering off later in life. Note the gender differences in rates of decline with women having more sex in their 20′s while men show an increase in their 30′s and 40′s.

Source: Kinsey Report (2010)

Population by Age Index

Next, let’s review the current, past and projected future age distribution of people around the world. When we combine these statistics with our Sex Frequency by Age Index, we’ll be able to see who’s having the most sex, where, and when.

World Population by Age Index


We can see that age distribution in the world population at large declines at a fairly steady rate with minimal bumps and spikes.

This means that worldwide, people are having more and more sex. In fact, FriendFinder Networks’ studies show that right now, worldwide sex takes place an estimated 223 billion times per year, with about 2,130,892 doing it right now!

However, when we break down age distribution by individual country, a much different story emerges that will have a substantial impact on Peak Orgasm.

Japan Population by Age Index


Japan’s age distribution index shows a rapidly aging population. The estimated percentage of births in 2015 (<5.0%) is well below stable population replacement rate (2.1 births per woman). Paired with our Sex Frequency by Age Index, this does not bode well for the future of Japan’s Peak Orgasm.  In fact, they have already reached “Peak Orgasm” in 1994!japanpeak


U.S. Population by Age Index


The U.S. age distribution index is smooth with ample curves, but the Peak Orgasm future it predicts is only slightly less foreboding than Japan’s. Large population spikes, such as the post-WWII baby boom increase from 1946 to 1964, travel up the index as the population ages. And as we know from our Sex Frequency by Age Index, as a population ages, it has less sex.

As we can see from this graph, the U.S. will hit Peak Orgasm in 2016 and, if nothing changes, it’s all downhill for the next thirty years!



International Peak Orgasm Index

When we combine our Sex Frequency by Age Index and our Population by Age Index for various countries, we are able to calculate World Peak Orgasm. World Peak Orgasm is the measure of where the most people in the world are having the most sex at any given time.

This graph shows the Peak Orgasm status of some of the world’s most populated countries. We can see the U.S. following in Japan’s footsteps on a long, slow Peak Orgasm decline, while Egypt and India rise to Peak Orgasm glory.

Peak Orgasm Graph


The Future of Peak Orgasm

Is the U.S. doomed to declining Peak Orgasm? What can be done to stave off this sorry trend? And why track Peak Orgasm in the first place?

Great sex makes life better and FriendFinder Networks’ mission is to improve the sex lives of people everywhere. By tracking World Peak Orgasm Epicenters and improving its understanding of where and when people are most sexually active, FriendFinder can tailor its adult dating sites and products to the world’s ever-changing population.

This means more and better sex for coming-of-age populations and aging populations, alike. Better sex for everyone can shift declining Peak Orgasm rates, improve quality of life for people everywhere, and spike World Peak Orgasm off the charts.

FriendFinder Networks is committed to improving the future of World Peak Orgasm — one orgasm at a time.  You can do your part by joining or promoting an adult dating site such as Adult Friend Finder.


To find out more about Peak Orgasm, and where the next Peak Orgasm Epicenter will be, check out these interactive maps and charts:

  • January 2014