Research | Topic: Sex

American Teens Are Having Less Sex Than Their Parents Did

Teenage sex rates have been declining since they peaked in 1988, when just over half of all US teenagers had reported having sex before the age of 20. Read the article here.

This Is The Average Age Teens Are Losing Their Virginity

The study found that the average age of virginity loss is 17.4, whereas the average age of sexual awakening (“a sudden realization of sexual feelings and urges”) is 15.2. Read the article here.

Fewer Teens Pregnant, But It’s Not Because They’re Having Less Sex

Teen pregnancy is way down. And a study suggests that the reason is increased, and increasingly effective, use of contraceptives. Read the article here.

Most Boys Think Online Pornography is Realistic

A large majority of boys that view pornography believe it to be a realistic depiction of sex, based on the findings of a study undertaken in Britain. Read the article here.

Researchers Find Genes for Early Sex

In a knew study, researchers in Britain find a link between genetics and age of first sexual activity.

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How U.S. Views of Sex Have Changed Since 2005

A new report from OkCupid finds that American daters are growing more traditional in some ways, and more open-minded in others.

Read the article and see the statistics here. 

Survey: Current Sex Ed Approach Sorely Lacking

A recent Barna Group survey finds that more than two-thirds of Americans think that just teaching teens how to avoid pregnancy isn’t enough – that they should also learn about all the possible consequences of sex.

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Looking at the Risk of Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Hook Up Culture

The prevelance of hook up culture and more people between ages 15-24 seeking non-commital relationships makes the risk of STD/STIs very real (and the need to educate people on how to avoid this risk).

Read the article here.