Is the rate of teenage sex falling? It doesn’t appear that way as we view the steady stream of teenage sexuality that bombards us daily on popular television shows like Glee, and The Secret Life of an American Teenage. In fact, earlier studies have shown that those teens that watched the most sexually explicit scenes on television were twice as likely to initiate sex as were those who saw the least.
However, a recent study conducted by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, shows that actually fewer teens and young adults are having sex. The study, based on interviews in 2006 through 2008, utilizing participants aged 15 to 24, shows that those who say they have NEVER had oral, vaginal or anal sex has risen from 22 to 28 percent.
This study, considered to be amongst the most reliable was led by Anjana Chandra , the centers health scientist. Chandra believes that although the decline appears small, it is actually a significant trend. Previous studies focused on premarital vaginal intercourse only prior to 2002, so the basis of comparison may differ slight, but other studies have shown the same decline.
Good news for nervous parents everywhere, as they send their children out on those notorious prom dates. The study also showed that 27 percent of young men and 29 percent of young women reported NO sexual contact.