Today, premarital sex is being tolerated by most than the earlier generations yet it was more likely not very common during the time.
To determine this, researchers from San Diego University, Florida Atlantic University and Hunter College looked into records from the General Social Survey which included 33,000 adults throughout the years. They found that people began to tolerate the practice in the early years of 1970s until today. It showed that people who believed premarital sex was permissible in the 1970s was 29% which went up to a fixed 42% in 1980s and 90s until it climbed to 58% by the year 2012.
Yet just when millennial people or people born between 1982 –1999 were in favor of premarital sex, the survey discovered they actually had lesser number of sexual partners than the earlier generation born in 1946 to 81, who had an average of 11 partners among any age group.
In opposite , the millennials had an average of eight sexual partners even when they were less kept under control yet not as much as people from the Greatest Generation who were from the 1900s who had an average of two sexual partners.
In the CBS News, author Jean Twenge said: “I was surprised that millennials were the most accepting of premarital sex in their attitudes, but are choosing to have sex with fewer partners as adults,” Twenge is a Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University and wrote “Generation Me”.
She added “They are tolerant, but perhaps more cautious. This could be due to fears of STDs, including HIV, or it could be because they choose ‘friends with benefits’ relationships over sex with different partners”.
A noticeable change in accepting homosexuality is also discovered in the research which was published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. From an 11% of people who accepted same sex relationship trend in 1973, it increased at 44% in 2012 which is four times greater than the previous years where 51 % were women who agreed to it and 35% were men.
“Cultures change,” Twenge said, “and people absorb the culture as children and adolescents, leading to generational differences.”