Even though they’re possibly having less of it, millennials are believed to be more accepting premarital sex than former generations.
Involving more than 33, 000 adults over many years, researchers from Hunter College, Florida Atlantic University and San Diego University analyzed data from the General Social Survey to understand insights about premarital sex and homosexuality across generations. The research study has revealed that there’s a growing acceptance of premarital sex from the early 1970s up to present day. The percentages of adults who assumed that premarital sex was “not wrong at all” were 29% of adults in the early 1970s, went steady on 42% all the way through in 1980s and 1990s and went up to 58% in 2012.
According to the survey, those people who were born within 1982 to 1999, or known as the millennial generation, had lesser sexual partners than past generations even though they likely to have no moral objections when it comes to premarital sex. Distinct from the millennials, age groups which have the most sexual partners with an average of 11 sexual partners goes to those people who were born from 1946 to 1964— called baby boomers— and those people who were born from years 1965 to 1981— called GenXers. Millennials got an average of eight sexual partners though they were not closely as controlled as adults from the early 1900s— called Greatest Generation—who had an average of two sexual partners.
As reported by CBS News, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University and author of the book “Generation Me” – 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.”
“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,” she continuously verbalized.
As published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, the research study has presented a dramatic shift in attitudes towards homosexuality. Only 11% who accepted having same-sex relationships between adults in 1973 and the percentage has increased fourfold by 44% in 2012. The figures reveal a significant gender gap showing 51% of women who approved with same-sex relationships in contrast with 35% of men.
Twenge have commented that it is not just the time that took place in the change to more accepting behavior but also over generations. This means that the population does not shift its attitudes in accord. But somewhat, a younger generation brings new perspective replacing the old ones.
Twenge expressed, “Cultures change and people absorb the culture as children and adolescents, leading to generational differences.”
She have shared that there’s more individual freedom and less group authority because she have noted that there’s an increased individualism in the last few decades which was considered as the most prominent change in culture. She recorded a number of latest trends that she considered as suitable in this pattern: less religious affiliation, tolerance for difference, the push for legal marijuana, and more open attitudes around sexuality.
She commented on CBS News, “Overall, millennials are fine with making their own choices even if they believe others can behave differently.”
“In ‘Generation Me,’ I find that the most prominent theme of the generational and cultural changes is more individualism. That can mean more self-focus, but it can also mean more tolerance toward others who are different,” she commented.