Between the advancing technology of sex toys, hookup apps like Tinder, and the HPV epidemic -- one would feel safe assuming that the current generation of young adults is by far the most promiscuous.
But according to a new study, despite the technological advances in sexual bells, whistles, and things to stick up your hoo-ha, such assumptions would be false.
According to a new study presented at the American Sociological Association by the University of Portland, the sexual behavior of modern-day college students is no more prevalent today than it was 25 years ago. The study initially was aimed at questioning the dynamic of hook-up culture and whether or not young college students today live in a "no strings attached" environment.
Using representative data from the General Social Survey of 1,829 of students ages 18 to 25 who had completed at least one year of college, researchers compared reports of sexual activity between the time periods of 1988-1996 and 2002-2010.
Although the study showed signs that sexual behavior had become more casual in recent years (subjects tended to opt for sex with a date or one-night stand rather than a committed partner), the number of sexual encounters and sexual partners per year was no higher than the previous generation. If anything, it was slightly lower.
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So it seems that not only were your parents freed from the fear of dying alone or catching a disease from a booze-fueled hookup, they were also getting it on more than you.
Good luck getting that image out of your head.