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If you were born in the 1990s your parents may have had more sexual partners than you...

If you were born in the 1990s your parents may have had more sexual partners than you...

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 4:52pm 4th August 2016. (Updated at 8:24pm 4th August 2016)

Young people aren't having sex with that many different people...

...In fact, their parents have probably had more sexual partners.

Well in America anyway.

It is all according to a new study from Florida Atlantic University.

It says although we are more open about sex today, the millennial generation (those born in the 1990's in particularly) are not 'at it' that often.

Co-author of the study, Ryne Sherman, Ph.D, says it is a misconception that young people are more forthcoming when it comes to the activity.

He says: "This study really contradicts the widespread notion that Millennials are the ‘hookup’ generation, which is popularised by dating apps like ‘Tinder’ and others, suggesting that they are just looking for quick relationships and frequent casual sex."

“Our data show that Millennials are not more promiscuous than their predecessors.”

So what are the findings?

  • Fifteen percent of the 20-24 year old Americans born in the 1990s had no sexual partners since turning 18.

  • Compared to six percent of those born in the 1960s.

...If you fall into that younger generation, we're basically saying your parents had more partners in the bedroom than you.

We'll let you dwell on that for a moment before telling you the next finding...

  • The only other generation that showed a higher rate of sexual inactivity were those born in the 1920s.

Well at least your grandparents weren't doing it more than you...

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Other findings from the study indicate that those born in the 1990s are growing up slower than those born in the 1980s.

For example, fewer get a driver’s license or work for pay.

The researchers say there may be a number of reasons for this major shift between Millennials and other generations.

For example the increase in sex education and awareness of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV or easy access to pornography because of technology.

So do we think the findings would be the same on UK adults?

The study was conducted by Sherman and co-authors Jean Twenge, Ph.D., San Diego State University, and Brooke E. Wells, Ph.D., Widener University.

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