Yes, it’s true, ‘millennials’, today’s young adults are waiting longer to have sex, reveals new research.
A University College London study called The Next Steps project found that millennials were waiting longer to have sexual intercourse than were previous generations.
Interviews conducted in 2016 found one in eight millennials self-reporting that they were still virgins at age 26. The Next Steps project tracked the data of more than 16,000 people born in 1989 and 1990 since they were 14 years old.
“Millennials have been brought up in a culture of hypersexuality, which has bred a fear of intimacy,” psychoanalytic psychotherapist Susanna Abse of the Balint Consultancy told the Sunday Times.
“The women are always up for it, with beautiful, hard bodies, and the men have permanent erections. That is daunting to young people.
“More and more technophilic and commitment-phobic millennials are shying away from physical encounters and supplanting them with the emotional gratification of virtual quasi relationships, flirting via their phones and computers with no intention of ever meeting their romantic quarry: less casual sex than casual text,” wrote Teddy Wayne in The New York Times.
The research also found that as today’s young people grow older, they are less likely to have sexual partners and often maintain personal independence much later into adulthood than previous generations.