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A Study Shows Today’s Teens Have Less Sex

Diane Luke
Senior Editor, TipsHire

A recent study shows today’s teens have less sex. The so-called Generation Y have fewer sexual partners and less sexual activity than their parents or grandparents.

In recent years, the acceptance of premarital sex increased from a minority to nearly 60%, following a trend that began worldwide in the ’70s. Despite the more permissive attitudes about sex, those born in the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s have less sex than previous generations.

Those born in the ’50s and ’60s had an average of 11 sexual partners and frequent sex, followed by those born in the ’40s and ’70s with an average of 10 partners. Unfortunately, those born in the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s have the lowest average sexual partners – 8.

The most shocking fact revealed by this study, conducted on a sample of over 33,000 people, is that nearly half of people between 20 and 30 years have not had sex even once in the last year and that only 7% of them have sex 2-5 times a week. Furthermore, one in three people in this age group has not had sex at all in life.

But why today’s teens have less sex, even though premarital sex is no longer a taboo?

The first thing that comes to mind could be that today’s teens have grown up in a world where AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases were already there and they had some education on these subjects.

Another reason could be the education. Teens nowadays are taught to no longer seek sexual adventures but to establish a career first.

Plus, we all know it’s more exciting to do certain things that are taboo, and not totally accepted by the society. Now, that the mentality regarding sex and number of sexual partners is much more ‘relaxed’ than some decades ago, there is that need for danger, and adventure that pushes us to do other activities just for the thrills. A reason is that in addition to the high levels of stress nowadays life is creating, the much higher requirements and aspirations, plus the level of technology that offers a variety of information, entertainment and so on, today’s teens are attracted not only by sex which is no longer the forbidden fruit but are busy with various other activities.

Another study confirms that technology causes less interest into sexual activity

We’ve all heard about famous dating apps like Tinder which may really improve our sex lives by meeting new partners. Well, video games and mobile games are much more popular among today’s teens. A perfect example is Pokemon Go which immediately became viral among teenagers, especially. These are proving that teens interest in sex is not anymore increased.

This is quite predictable, considering that access to pornography is so easy. This is also confirmed by the study conducted by the scientists of the University of San Diego.

Jean Twenge, the study leader, thinks that’s a good sign on sexual and emotional levels that people choose to wait longer to have sex, but at the same time, they lose more ground on relations based on strong feelings.

The study was conducted on 26,000 Americans who were asked how many sexual partners have had between 18 and 24 years of age. Although it seems absurd, Twenge says that here is a paradox, because the Internet provides such an easy access to sex, but simply because we spend so much time with the technologies surrounding us and so little time interacting with each other, our chances of getting private with a partner are drastically decreasing.

Facebook as the best contraceptive method

Another recent study conducted by the University of Glasgow shows that one in three today’s teens aged between 15 and 19 years is sexually abstinent.

They became so concerned about the Internet and their online virtual lives that today’s teens have less sex than those of previous generations, the study says.

Scientists interviewed 2,300 people and found out that teen’s romance and sexual situations are extremely complicated. The main reason is the online and social networks which, although considered by a few a real help in finding the ideal partner, actually build more barriers and prevent real communication.

Experts point out that the main cause for less sex is the Internet and the so-called ‘Facebook effect’, which makes today’s teens to want to communicate more via social media than face to face, while another problem could be pornography, which builds unrealistic and somehow harmful expectations in their young minds and so preventing them from having a healthy sexual relationship.

Economical factors

Nowadays, youngsters are getting married much later than their parents. The number of people living with a partner without being married has increased, while the number of those who want to have a family is greatly decreased. Today, young people are getting married later motivating that they do not feel financially prepared.

Many youngsters do not rush to become parents. The average age for the first baby is 26. Women cite financial constraints as the most common reason for postponing to become mothers.

We live at a high pace, the world has changed lately and is still changing. The technology that seemed ‘Sci-Fi’ 20 years ago is now real. We are getting turned off by real social interactions and turned on by how many ‘Likes’ our new-posted photo gets on Facebook.

Studies show today’s teens have less sex because of the technology and easier access to information, and those are only the beginning of the new era in which the technology will keep us together while we’ll be separated by miles of optical fiber and gigabytes of data transfers.

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