Trending News: Millennials Aren’t Actually Hooking Up As Much As You Think
Long Story Short
A new Harvard study revealed that young millennials aren’t hooking up as much as people think.
When you think of 18 or 19-year-olds, you might picture pot-smoking young adults who are humping each other like rabbits in their dorm rooms. But you’d be mistaken.
Harvard Graduate School of Education just released a review of studies and learned that older teens are actually pretty into monogamy. Here’s what the report says, according to Business Insider.
When adults and teenagers were asked what percent of 18- and 19-year-olds they think had more than one sexual partner, what percent had hooked up with more than 10 people in college, and what percent were dating casually, most responded that the amount for all three questions was probably about 50 to 70%.
But they were way off. According to 2011 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 27% of 18- to 19-year-olds nationally (both in college and out) had more than one sexual partner in the previous year, and only 8% had four or more partners. According to a 2013 national survey, only 20% of students have hooked up more than 10 times by their senior year of college.
And for those a bit older, aged 18-25, the ancient practice of monogamy is still hip, despite what you might have heard about trends like polyamory and f*ck buddies.
And, among 18- to 25-year-olds, only 8% reported casually dating with 67% reporting that they were dating exclusively, cohabiting, or were married and 25% reported having no relationship at all, according to a 2011 Child Trends study.
Millennials have challenged so many things from their parents’ generations — how they work, how they buy, how they see their country. It’s honestly pretty surprising that they haven’t challenged monogamy as well — at least not as mucha as we thought.
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What the hell are these young’uns doing if they’re not hooking up?
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If you do get in a relationship, make sure to have lots of sex to keep things fresh.