- A study was conducted by the Florida Atlantic University on the sexual activities of the millennial generation
- According to the study, the young members of the millennial generation are the most sexually inactive despite of the widespread availability of dating sites and applications
- Ryne Sherman stated that some of the factors why millennials are becoming sexually inactive include increased awareness on sexual education and availability of pornographic materials
Researchers conducted a study on the sexual activities of the millennial generation and results showed that young people of today do not engage in sex as compared to the previous generations despite of the numerous dating web sites and applications that are available and the open-mindedness and accepting attitudes of millennials.
Younger members of the millennial generation were the target respondents of the study and researchers found out that this generation is the most sexually inactive group since the era of Depression.
The study conducted by the Florida Atlantic University was published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. ‘The only generation that showed a higher rate of sexual inactivity were those born in the 1920s,’ according to the study.
Among Americans aged 20 to 24, those who were born during the early 1990s have a high probability of reporting that they have no sexual partners after age 18 than Gen Xers born during the late 1960s. Further, the results of the study show that fifteen percent of American millennials aged 20 to 24 stated that they did not have sexual partners since turning 18.
‘This study really contradicts the widespread notion that millennials are the 'hookup' generation, which is popularized by dating apps like 'Tinder' and others, suggesting that they are just looking for quick relationships and frequent casual sex,’ pointed out Ryne Sherman who co-authored the study and also a professor of psychology in the Charles E. Schmitt College of Science at Florida Atlantic University.
Sherman added: ‘Our data show that this doesn't seem to be the case at all and that millennials are not more promiscuous than their predecessors.’
The study also showed the the current generation of young women are about twice as likely as men to be sexually inactive. Moreover, the study suggested that young people today are growing up at a slow pace as compared to those who were born in the 1980s based from the findings fewer millennials are getting a driver’s license or applying for a job.
Factors such as sex educations, increased awareness on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), availability of pornography, and varying definitions of sex are the reasons why the shift is complex according to Sherman.
‘While attitudes about premarital sex have become more permissive overt time, rise in individualism allows young American adults to have permissive attitudes without feeling the pressure to conform in their own behavior,’ reported Sherman.
In a separate study conducted earlier this year by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it was found that the percentage of high school student who had sex decreased from 54 percent in 1991 to 41 percent this year. - Kami Media