Instant reaction: "How can that possibly be?" After all, this is the age of sexual permissiveness, dating sites, dating apps, porn everywhere...the list goes on and on.
According to the study, Americans born in the early 1990s were significantly more likely to report having no sexual partners after age 18, than Gen X'ers who came before them. The respective numbers are 15% and 6%.
"The only other generation that showed a higher rate of sexual inactivity were those born in the 1920s," the study noted.
The results are consistent with research from the US Centers for Disease Control, which found that 41% of high school students said they had ever had sex, compared with 54% in 1991.
From the article:
"This study really contradicts the widespread notion that millennials are the 'hookup' generation, which is popularized by dating apps like 'Tinder' and others, suggesting that they are just looking for quick relationships and frequent casual sex," said co-author Ryne Sherman, associate professor of psychology in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at Florida Atlantic University.
"Our data show that this doesn't seem to be the case at all and that millennials are not more promiscuous than their predecessors."
Young women today are about twice as likely as men to be sexually inactive, it found.
The study also showed that fewer young people get a driver's license or work for pay, suggesting they "are growing up more slowly than those born in the 1980s."
Growing up more slowly. Exactly.