Decrease in Sexual Activity of Young Americans
Fifty years after the sexual revolution, the sexual activity in America is plummeting. More and more Americans are being abstinent for a whole year. The most peculiar part of this information is that young people are at the top of this recent trend.
Adults in the 2010s are having nine times less sex than adults in the 1990s according to surveys by scholars. The percent of adults who are completely abstinent rose by 4% from the 1990s.
Teenagers are no exception. A report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed a decline of students who experienced sexual encounters at all.
The recent movement against the sexual abuse and misconduct of men like Harvey Weinstein will likely increase the lack of sexual activity in young people even more.
What is the leading cause of this trend? There are a few theories that could be the reason. The first is the caution that young adults exercise in regard to the emotional and physical aspects of sex. The millennial and iGen generations do not risk so easily the consequences of sex like pregnancy and STDs that can threaten their future.
The second reason is the growing moral and social unacceptance of unwanted sex. This is particularly true for colleges where women are susceptible to cases of assaultive sexual encounters. Afte the Title IX-inspired measures of the Obama administration, sexual harassment became legally punishable for those practicing it.
The sexual counter-revolution is turning what was once sexual freedom into a matter of legal punishment. All of this is turning dating and sexuality into something that young adults now fear.
The third plausible reason for the decrease of sex is likely the economic forcing of young adults to live with their parents and avoid marriage. Married couples are prone to having sex more than twice a month. This is much harder for people who are not married and live with their parents.
For teenagers who are not concerned by these factors, the increase of smartphone use and virtual entertainment has made their desire for live interactions with people much less attractive.