If you're a millennial, you've probably heard your parents say your generation is too promiscuous. But rest assured because it's pretty likely that your parents actually had more sex than you! That is, if you can find any reassurance in that fact...
According to new research, about 15% of adults between the ages of 20 and 24 reported having no sexual partners since the age of 18, while only 6% of the previous generation reported the same for that age group.
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Lead researcher Jean Twenge, and author of the book Generation Me, says this is in line with other statistics about the millennial generation, like they're less likely to have jobs and more likely to live at home with their parents. "This is part of a general theme of later maturation that's been pretty well-documented," she told CNN.
Twenge theorizes that technology has something to do with this. Millennials spend more time texting to communicate and less time face to face, which results in fewer opportunities to engage is sexual activity. Technology also offers more options for entertainment overall, making sex just one appealing option amongst many.
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Data from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also shows that the percentage of high school students who have had sex was 41% in 2015, compared to 54% in 1991. Millennials are commonly referred to as the "hook-up generation," but this data sings quite a different tune.
Twenge notes that some of this can be attributed to the awareness of safety. She told CNN, "Mine was the first generation that came of age when sex could equal death," referring to the AIDS epidemic of the 1980's. The risks of sex, especially unprotected sex, have been instilled in many millennials today.
There's also been a recent movement to educate young people about emotional safety and consent as well. Overall, millennials seem to have a greater awareness for their physical and emotional safety than previous generations, which has resulted in less sex.
-- Molly Fosco
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