Americans are obsessed with sex

Sex Study from the United States: Why Young Americans Are Not Sexuals

A lot of the advertising and media revolves around sex. However, this does not appear to have any impact on young adults in the USA. According to a new study, 20 to 24-year-olds there have less sexual intercourse than their peers of previous generations.

The relationship to sex is much more relaxed nowadays: Dating apps on the Internet make it easier to establish contacts, and premarital intercourse is no longer a social taboo for most of them.

Nevertheless: Only the generation that grew up at the time of the Great Depression in the 1920s had "shown an even higher degree of sexual inactivity," according to the study by researchers from Florida Atlantic University. It was published in the journal "Archives of Sexual Behavior".

No "towing" generation

For the study, the scientists interviewed members of the so-called "millennium generation" who were born in the early 1990s. Of them, 15 percent said they had not had a sexual partner since their 18th birthday. In a study of peers born in the 1960s, the figure was only six percent.

"This study contradicts the popular belief that the Millennium is a 'tow generation'," said study co-author Ryne Sherman. The study did not provide any evidence for the assessment that the young people were "only looking for quick relationships and frequent non-committal sex". "The 'Millennium Generation' is by no means more promiscuous than previous generations," he concluded.

Young people "grow up more slowly"

In the study, the researchers also found that the current young generation tried to get a driver's license or paid work later than their peers. This suggests that they are "growing up more slowly" than the generation of the same age in the 1980s.

The authors of the study pointed out that young people currently know more about sex, have much easier access to pornography and can easily meet up for sex via relevant platforms on the Internet than they used to be. However, these possibilities do not contribute to the fact that they actually develop more sexual activities than previous generations.