The Biggest Parenting Trends of 2011: the '80s, Sex-Starved Wives, High-Tech Tots + More!

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The Biggest Parenting Trends of 2011: the '80s, Sex-Starved Wives, High-Tech Tots + More!

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The Rise of the Sex-Starved Wife

As the economy shrinks, so do our husbands' sex drives, because male libido is often tied to workplace performance, says sex and relationships counselor, Ian Kerner, Ph.D. So his losing a job or taking a pay cut could mean less time in the bedroom. “There’s a growing mismatch in couples’ libidos… women want sex but men have low desire,” Kerner says.

Also to blame: The explosion of easy-access porn on the Internet and digital devices (paid subscriptions for adult content sites are expected to exceed 35 million worldwide by 2015) and an increase in use of SSRI-based antidepressants like Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil, which can lower libido. So when your husband pulls the ol' "honey-I-have-a-headache" trick, you'll really understand what's keeping him from putting out.

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