Thursday, 17 March 2011

SHOCK HORROR - the young are having less sex

The depiction of young people as sex-obsessed hedonists is good for television viewing figures and box office receipts but it is a media myth. They are, in fact, waiting longer on average before becoming sexually active.
Some 27 per cent of men and 29 per cent of women in the 15 to 24 years age group have never had sexual contact with another person, according to a recent report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Such is the time lag with things statistical the period relates to 2006/08.
The delay doesn’t weaken the importance of the trend revealed by the survey. Back in 2002 the comparable figure was 22 per cent for both men and women.
While the National Health Statistics Report uses American respondents, I wouldn’t imagine the direction in the UK would be much different although the actual figures may be.
I’m too ancient to hazard any insights into the sex drives of the young. Perhaps the messages about disease and unwanted pregnancy are beginning to get home. But there are those that argue sex education does more harm than good.
It’s easier to say what’s not happening. The increased openness about sex, the ceaseless barrage of sexual images selling clothes and music to the young, and the access of internet porn do not seem to have brainwashed young people, thankfully. What do you think?

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