DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I'm 24 and not sure where to turn. My boyfriend, 26, wants to move in together and make things permanent, but so many coupled friends complain that they hardly ever have sex and there is little intimacy when they do. Some of them are in therapy for it. Is this the fate of being born into the "porn" generation? Are there any solutions? I appreciate your thoughts. — Jody, Monterey
Hannah, 22, Tiburon: I have noticed this too! Sex is so common it has lost its intimacy. Porn has pulled it out by the roots. Everyone is quick to sleep together, but the philosophical talks, the person-to-person connection, the lasting love, most are unwilling to do that. Most say they aren't ready to "settle down." Therapy probably is the best solution. That and keeping your hopeless romantic side alive.
Nicole, 23, Santa Rosa: I've never been into porn, but I once dated a porn user. Solo sex was so familiar that having sex with me was super uncomfortable. He didn't want me to see him and felt like he was on stage. A friend says her partner (they're both 25) is more into heart-love than sexual love. She complains that if she suggests sex, he's agreeable, but she always has to initiate. Another factor is technology: We're never really alone in the bedroom anymore. If there's awkwardness, a million distractions are a click away.
Carlos, 18, Fairfax, Va.: The problem is age-old: lack of communication, the rut of routine, forgetting the small things that add spice to your relationship.
Lisa, 26, Sacramento: I see this happening and experienced it myself. For some couples, the problem may stem from porn, but I was just fed up with my (then) husband. If I can't communicate, I cut myself off emotionally, which cuts me off sexually. You must agree on open, honest communication!
Brandon, 22, Mapleton, Maine: If you do move in together, don't overdo the sex! My girlfriend and I dated long-distance and went so crazy our first week living together that we didn't even want to think about sex afterward. The next few months were awkward. We got past our intimacy breakdown by doing a lot more things together, almost becoming like best friends with benefits. Now things are great again, we cook and play games together and love going on dates. One thing about the "porn generation": three-minute missionary sex isn't enough. Be open to toys, lingerie and trying new things.