Q. Is the internet and social media making teens more promiscuous?
Technology, teens and sex seem to be indelibly linked these days, our sex and relationships expert Triona Read takes us through the facts.
The news media does seem intent on focusing on the youth hookup culture. As such, public perception is kids are having sex younger and are much wilder than they ever were. But when you look at the data that’s simply not the case.
Technology, teens and sex
Some studies show teens are having their first sexual experience later than previous generations. That said, according to the Kinsey Institute, “By their late teenage years, at least three-quarters of all men and women have had intercourse, and more than two thirds of all sexually experienced teens have had two or more partners.”
The good news? One study by The U.S. National Center for Health Statistics shows American teenagers having babies since 1991 is down 44% and dropping; the rate of teen abortions has plummeted 59 percent.
Interestingly there is no one answer as to why this is happening. Social scientists’ hypotheses include: increase in birth control access, and better sex education. This is definitely a case of don’t believe everything you read. Health professionals say the most difficult part of their job is convincing parents that most teenagers have healthy attitudes about sex.
Great Sex Education Tip
Teenagers with more parental supervision, who come from two parent households and who are doing well in school are more likely to delay sex until their late teens or beyond.
Author, sex coach, international speaker, magazine columnist and sexologist.
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