A Harvard Study Finds That Millennials Aren’t Actually Having Tons Of Casual Sex
If younger Millennials (18-25) aren’t having boatloads of casual sex then what the fuck are they doing on Tinder and other like apps? That is the real question here. Because all of my friends who are “older” Millennials are taking full advantage of these apps. Probably because they know what it is like to have to actually put out effort to hook up and now that Tinder has made it easier, they are making up for lost time. Kids these days don’t know how good they have it. Ingrates.
According to Business Insider:
When adults and teenagers were asked what percent of 18- and 19-year-olds they think had more than one sexual partner, what percent had hooked up with more than 10 people in college, and what percent were dating casually, most responded that the amount for all three questions was probably about 50 to 70%.
But they were way off. According to 2011 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 27% of 18- to 19-year-olds nationally (both in college and out) had more than one sexual partner in the previous year, and only 8% had four or more partners. According to a 2013 national survey, only 20% of students have hooked up more than 10 times by their senior year of college.
On top of learning that 18 to 25-year-olds aren’t boning all over town, the Harvard study had a few other interesting findings about how this demo approach relationships.
70% of 18 to 25-year-olds involved in the Harvard Graduate School of Education survey said they wished they had received more information from parents about the emotional side of relationships, including “how to have a more mature relationship” (38%), “how to deal with breakups” (36%), “how to avoid getting hurt in a relationship” (34%), or “how to begin a relationship” (27%).
I recently became a parent and although this is a long time away for me, I am not sure what my approach will be when talking to my son about relationships. I want him to obviously be respectful of women and have healthy relationships, but how do you convey that to a teenager without sounding like some sappy sack of crap? Hell, all my dad said to me when I was 16 was, “If you get anyone pregnant I’ll fucking kill you and you’ll be out of the Will. Also, don’t do anything stupid. Got it?” I nodded my head and figured shit out. Maybe I’ll try that first and if the kid fucks up I’ll just chalk it up to him not being as awesome as I am at life. Good approach?
[H/T Business Insider]