Love & Relationships

New Study Says Millennials Are Avoiding Sex

If you're 18-34 and having might be on your own.

Millennials are known for being opinionated and entrepreneurial, but one thing they can't compete with is sex. According to a new study, young millennials are more abstinent compared to earlier generations.

The study published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior found that younger millennials-'90s babies-are "more than twice as likely to be sexually inactive in their early 20s as the previous generation was." Even older millennials are more sexually active than this group.

According to The Washington Post, the lack of sex could be caused by a the difficulty many have to make romantic connections. Dating apps and pressure to succeed have largely killed the process of courtship. “For an average date, you’re going to spend at least two hours, and in that two hours I won’t be doing something I enjoy,” an 18-year-old guy tells the Post. He says that he'd rather be watching porn or focusing on his career. Sex is “not going to be something people ask you for on your résumé.”

Consent could be another factor. “As people have gotten much more accepting of all sorts of forms of consensual sex, they’ve also gotten more picky about what constitutes consent,” Stephanie Coontz, director of research at the Council on Contemporary Families, says. Women, in particular, may be less likely to be pressured by a partner into engaging in a sexual relationship. “We are far less accepting of pressured sex.”

Aside from less sex in general, millennials are also having fewer partners. A study published last year found that millennials are more accepting of extramarital sex but they reported fewer sexual partners than any group since the 1960s.

[Photo credit: Getty Images, The Washington Post]


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