‘Hookup Culture’ Is a Myth
Results of a recent study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior show that, when it comes to intimacy, younger millennials may not just be looking for short-term relationships after all.
Researchers analyzed data from the General Social Survey—which included more than 26,000 participants born before 1994 from around the U.S.—and found that 15% of those aged 20-24 have had no sexual partners since they turned 18. According to the survey, Caucasians, young women, and young adults who did not attend college have the highest rates of sexual inactivity.
While most millennials identify their attitude towards sex as "positive" and "open-minded," sex education, HIV/AIDS awareness, the economy (as more young people are living at home with their parents longer), and other factors play a role. Young people today may be more aware that "a good intimate relationship doesn't have to be based on outdated gender roles and sexual mores."
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