People born after 1982 are more likely to accept premarital sex but have fewer sexual partners than previous generations, new study shows.
A new research conducted through a collaboration between San Diego University, Hunter College and Florida Atlantic University, analysed records gathered by the General Social Survey which looked at 33,000 adult participants which have been observed for years.
The results showed that people have started to look differently at premarital sex since the beginning of the 70’s until the present moment. People who had more opened views on premarital sex were in a percentage of 29%, and kept increasing, reaching 42% in the 80’s and 90’s and by 2012 it peaked at 58%.
Millennials, meaning people who were born between 1982 and 1999 accepted premarital sex and were not against it.According to the survey, millenials proved to have had fewer sexual partners than the previous generations born between 1946 and 1981, who were recorded to have had an average of 11 sexual partners, no matter what age group they belonged to.
On the other hand, millenials had on an average basis, up to 8 sexual partners, even if they were raised in more liberal and less controlled conditions.Still they had more sexual partners than the individuals categorized in the Greatest Generation(people born at the beginning of the 1900 who had an average of two sexual partners.
What was surprising in the study, was to notice that millenials had no problem with premarital sex and had a positive attitude towards it, yet they showed to have less sexual partners as adults, explained author of the study psychology professor at the Sand Diego State University, Jean Twenge.
It seems that they are indeed more tolerant with premarital sex, but they could be more cautious. One of the reasons could be the fear of getting a STD disease.HIV included or it could be due to the fact that they prefer to adopt the “friends with benefits” concept rather than having sexual relationships with different partners.
Apart from this, homosexuality has been more welcomed and accepted by millenials, the research shows. During 1973 not more than 11% people accepted relationships among people of the same sex, but that number has increased to 44% by 2012, a four times greater increase than earlier years. Women showed more tolerance to the idea as they were in a number of 51% compared to the men who were 35%.
Culture is something that is constantly changing and people starting from children to adolescents, adopt it, which leads to differences in generations. The generation changes start from childhood, which means that people develop their sexual views from an early stage.
One thing that has been very influential was that, nowadays song lyrics are written using the singular form of the first and second person, like “me”, “I”, “you”, rather than using “we” or “us”.
When culture stresses more on the needs and necessities of a single person and not so much on the social rules, attitudes towards sexuality develop more relaxed, stated Twenge.
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