Have Millennials become less interested in sex? A recent report seems to suggest so, although it does not imply less desire or inclination for healthy sex. The findings show that compared to just twenty years ago, the average American is having sex nine times less often. What is even more surprising is that this is a general trend witnessed across age, sex and income barriers. The report indicates two possible reasons for the decline in sexual activity.
Who Is Less Likely to Have Sex?
Firstly, single Americans are less likely to have sex than married or partnered Americans are. While this seems logical, the problem lies in the fact that the proportion of single people as opposed to committed folks has increased dramatically in recent decades. In fact, the report said that single people were twice as unlikely to have sex as married or cohabiting people as well as those in steady relationships. However, even among couples, the frequency of sexual activity has been going down over the years. More work, busier lifestyles and a mushrooming of entertainment options may be the reasons for this decline.
The average age of peak sexual activity has also been rising, which means that the time for regular sexual activity for the average American has increased. Therefore, a person in their twenties today is less likely to have had a sexual experience unlike his or her cohort from a decade ago. This has to do with the general outlook of the millennial generation.
Delayed Adolescence Phenomenon
The report suggests that since the millennial generation is characterized by the delayed adolescence phenomenon, these people are taking longer to become emotionally and financially mature compared to people of the same age group in earlier decades. Fewer high school students today are likely to have had sex or a steady relationship than people who were in high school a decade or two ago.
Should Parents Be Concerns
Other factors may also be involved. Because of the information revolution, sex has become less of a taboo issue for public discussion. Moreover, casual conversations about sex are more commonplace. Thus, the curiosity associated with sex during teenage and young adulthood is no longer there.
Moreover, dating apps such as Tinder have made it easier for young people to have transient relationships that do not evolve to the level where sexual expression becomes necessary. Awareness about sexually transmitted diseases has also increased across generations. All of these factors could contribute to the general decline in sexual activity.
Should parents be concerned? Yes. Should this alarm them? Not yet. If young people are prioritizing financial and personal responsibility for emotional and physical needs, that fact requires appreciating. At the same time, parents should use every opportunity to discuss relationships, dating and healthy sexual habits with their children.
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