Asexuality is the lack of sexual attraction to others, or low or absent interest in or desire for sexual activity. Asexuality is distinct from abstention from sexual activity and from celibacy ,   which are behavioral and generally motivated by factors such as an individual's personal, social, or religious beliefs. Acceptance of asexuality as a sexual orientation and field of scientific research is still relatively new,   as a growing body of research from both sociological and psychological perspectives has begun to develop. Various asexual communities have started to form since the advent of the Internet and social media. The most prolific and well-known of these communities is the Asexual Visibility and Education Network , which was founded in by David Jay. Asexuality is sometimes called ace a phonetic shortening of "asexual"  , while the community is sometimes called the ace community , by researchers or asexuals.
More Adults Than You Think Are Avoiding Having Sex. Here's Why
Sex positivity is a great thing. While there are many reasons people choose to have sex pleasure, pleasing others, intimacy, stress relief, escape, or self-validation , there are plenty of other ways to meet these reasons without having sex. More importantly, being purely and wholly disinterested in sexual activity is a choice that needs to be respected. So, in a world that oversimplifies sex, it may be helpful to understand what never having sex really means and how to explain it to others. Asexuality is not considered a sexual dysfunction, though.
Sex has a strong influence on many aspects of well-being: it is one of our most basic physiological needs. Sex feeds our identity and is a core element of our social life. But millions of people spend at least some of their adulthood not having sex.