A recent study conducted by Ph.D Professor, Jean M. Twenge from San Diego State University has revealed millennials’ new viewpoints on sex. According to the research, Millennials are more open-minded about sex-related matters than their forefathers.
Jean M. Twenge, a Ph.D Professor at the San Diego University, has collaborated with Professors Ryne Sherman from Florida Atlantic University and Brooke E. Wells from Hunter College to determine the extent to which people’s view on sex has changed in the past few years.
The survey performed on 33,000 U.S. adults, who were born between 1960 and 2012, shows that the younger generations are more inclined to accept premarital sex.
Things look very similar for same-sex relationships, as Millennials, that is, adults who were born between 1982 and 1999, are more likely to accept them than the 1960s Generation X members.
Figures show that the perception of sexual relationships has suffered significant changes from one generation to another. Yet, the biggest change that was registered in point of sexual behavior was registered with the Boomers Generation.
The young Americans that were born in the 1940s-1950s were far more permissive about sex than their predecessors, who were born and lived around 1900. This was, according to the research, the period when people have actually considered premarital sex for the first time.
Although premarital sex was freely practiced during the “Hippie” generations of the 1960s and the 1970s, figures prove that the modern generation is the most unprejudiced about it.
In 2000, only 42% of the interviewed participants declared that they would have practiced premarital sex. The percentage was a lot bigger in 2012, when 58% said that they accept premarital sex.
Acceptance of same-sex sexual relations has also registered a significant increase in the past three decades. Back in the 1990, only 13 percent of the interviewed were willing to consider sexual relations between same sex partners, whereas in 2012 the percentage was up to 44$.
In spite of their sexual open-mindedness, the Millennial generation did not register a high number of sexual partners compared to the previous generations.
The 1900 Generation had mainly 2.16 sexual partners, while Millennials have a proportion of 8.26 partners for each interviewed person.
The most sexually free-spirited U.S. citizens remain those, who were born in the 1950s. The so-called Baby Boomers had, according to the survey, 11.68 partners.
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