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Millennials Are Hooking Up Less Than Their Parents, Study Says

So much for Tinder, eh?
by Khatrina Bonagua | Aug 8, 2016
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Just when we thought millennials—people born between the early 1980s and 2000s—are living the YOLO lifestyle, apparently, in reality, they are not. Well, at least sexually.

A recent study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior revealed that those who were born in the '80s and '90s are less likely to be having sex compared to their parents who were born in the '60s and '70s. In fact, millennials are even having less sex than any other generation since the 1920s.

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The study looked at 26,707 American adults, and asked them to state how many sexual partners they’d had between the ages of 18 and 24.

Millennials born in the 1990s were found to be twice as likely as those born in the 1960s to say they had no sexual partners at all (15 percent of millennials to only six percent of Gen Xs).


It definitely goes against the stereotypes perceived of millennials—having easy access to sex thanks to apps like Tinder, being YOLO/reckless, and all.

"Online dating apps should, in theory, help millennials find sexual partners more easily," said lead author of the study, Jean Twenge from San Diego State University. "However, technology may have the opposite effect if young people are spending so much time online that they interact less in person, and thus don't have sex."

And it is not just the millennials who are having less sex, as those born early in the 20th Century are also hooking up less.

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"Americans born early in the 20th Century also showed elevated rates of adult sexual inactivity. This could be due to the stricter adherence to mores around sex and marriage in these cohorts," the researchers reported.

So not only do millennials have fewer sexual partners than their parents did, but they’ve even started a whole new trend of having sex later.


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