Pre-marital sex has never been more tolerated than among youth, but millennials are having less sex than their baby-boomer parents, a study has revealed.
A survey of 33,000 people published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior found that 58 per cent of those surveyed in 2012 thought premarital sex was acceptable compared to 44 per cent in 2004. In 1972 just 28 per cent approved of premarital sex and in 1978, 38 per cent of the population held more progressive views.
Although millennials are more tolerant of these behaviors, they’re not taking that as a free pass to sleep around,’ said report author Jean Twenge, who also wrote Generation Me.
Twenge noted that the lessening number of sexual partners may have to do with increased knowledge of STIs and other sexual risks.
‘Millennials have never known a world where premarital sex was a taboo,’ she said. Twenge added that baby boomer parents may be disapproving of millennial’ sexuality but will close their mouths when it come to their own sexual behavior.’What you might see when millennial are discussing these issues with their boomer parents is that millennial are more permissive of sexuality,’ Twenge said.
It’s a less sexy time to be young. Having complete and unencumbered access to the internet and technology could be a part of the reason why young people are less likely to participate in real life intimacy. A study published Tuesday in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior finds that younger millennials — born in the 1990s — are more than twice as likely to be sexually inactive in their early 20s as the previous generation was. Even older millennials are more sexually active than this younger group is.
Recent research also shows that, overall, millennials — people born between the early 1980s and 2000 — have fewer sexual partners than baby boomers and those in Generation X, the group immediately preceding them.
But some experts are worried that the drop-off of sexual activity reflects the difficulty some young people to form deep romantic connections. They cite other reasons for putting off sex, including pressure to succeed, social lives increasingly conducted on-screen and unrealistic expectations of physical perfection encouraged by dating apps.
The chart above reflects the sentiment that baby boomers are having more sex than the generations before and after them. Perhaps the summer of love created a more open, intimate generation.