Can you believe it? Millennials are reporting having less sex than Gen X'ers. According to the latest research published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior 15% of Millennials (born in the 1980's aged 20-24) state they have had no sexual partners since age 18. That is compared to 6% of Generation X'ers (born in the 1960's aged 47-57). The study also revealed that in the younger generation less sex was increased for women more than men, whites more than blacks, those who did not attend college more than those who did, and those who lived in the east more than those in the west.
Why? Jean Twenge, lead researcher of the new study and author of the book Generation Me says one of the causes is technology. Spending more time texting with your friends and less time in person means fewer opportunities to "hook up." Or, more simply, since "there are more ways to entertain yourself," sex is less important, being just one of many possibilities on a growing list. Also young adults are less likely to have jobs and get married while more likely to live with their parents which could also be contributing factors.
Recent tudies are reflecting a shift in attitudes toward sexuality among the younger generation. The 2015 CDC study found that the percentage of high school students who have had sex plummeted from 54% in 1991 to 41% in 2015. Nationwide, 41.2% of students had ever had sexual intercourse in the study.