Fewer Teens Are Having Sex—Why?

A recently released government survey of 5,300 young adults aged 15 to 24 suggests that fewer teens are having sex. The proportion of those surveyed who have never had sex rose from 22 to 28 percent over the past decade.

This information might come as a surprise, especially in a day and age where sex, lust, and scantily-clad bodies are extremely commonplace in the media. Also, the survey didn’t address the big question looming in everyone’s minds: why are more teens opting out of sex? Many experts are coming to their own conclusions – such as the positive influences of better awareness of sexually spread diseases and an emphasis on abstinence in the past decade.

I do agree with some of these experts' viewpoints—for example, I feel that the average teen, regardless if they’re sexually active, knows more about sex than a teen from ten years ago. The majority of us have sat through mandatory sex education classes or experienced abstinence campaigns, openly chatted with our friends about the topic, and heard things through the grapevine. However, I think there are other factors that play a part in the picture as well. Most of my classmates are highly focused on their studies and busy with friends and extracurricular activities. I would be lying if I said sex is nonexistent on our radar—we are college students, after all—but we don’t think about sex all of the time because we may have more important things to worry about. Teens today are busy juggling many hats, and while we may think about that cute guy in our class, we get much more out of pursuing our passions.

Whether or not this survey represents a true picture of the sexual activity of teens and young adults across the board, I think that today's teens are generally able to make better, more informed decisions. And, if we do make stupid choices, there's less room for excuses.

For any questions you may have regarding sex, staying healthy, or navigating your own experience, please check out Mochi’s Guide to Safe Sex.