The Myth of Rampant Teenage Promiscuity

This article is about the US, but I welcome comments regarding other countries.

Today, fewer than half of all high school students have had sex: 47.8 percent as of 2007, according to the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, down from 54.1 percent in 1991.

A less recent report suggests that teenagers are also waiting longer to have sex than they did in the past. A 2002 report from the Department of Health and Human Services found that 30 percent of 15- to 17-year-old girls had experienced sex, down from 38 percent in 1995. During the same period, the percentage of sexually experienced boys in that age group dropped to 31 percent from 43 percent.

The rates also went down among younger teenagers. In 1995, about 20 percent said they had had sex before age 15, but by 2002 those numbers had dropped to 13 percent of girls and 15 percent of boys.

“There’s no doubt that the public perception is that things are getting worse, and that kids are having sex younger and are much wilder than they ever were,” said Kathleen A. Bogle, an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at La Salle University. “But when you look at the data, that’s not the case.”

nytimes.com/2009/01/27/health/27well.html?em

Finally! Someone gets it!

Sadly, though, I would still call this statistic an indication of tragic immorality. These numbers are far higher than they should be in a moral, Christian society. Of course, I would not claim that we have a moral,Christian society anymore.

Birds do it, bees do it. Teenagers are going to do it.

I hope they have been taught about what they are doing and the repercussions.

I do not think that the Church would agree with your flippancy about the matter.

[quote= Catechism of the Catholic Church]2353 Fornication is carnal union between an unmarried man and an unmarried woman. It is gravely contrary to the dignity of persons and of human sexuality which is naturally ordered to the good of spouses and the generation and education of children. Moreover, it is a grave scandal when there is corruption of the young.
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Did you read the post? Apparently most teens are NOT ‘doing it’ in spite of enormous cultural pressure, raging homones and condescending adults who consider their promiscuity a given.

Just imagine how much better it could be if we managed to reverse the cultural pressure? :thumbsup:

I do agree that comprehensive education is important. At puberty, kids should learn from parents about the nature of sexuality, the reasons for chastity, the consequences of promiscuity and the claims and failures of ‘safe sex.’ Teens who are ahead of the learning curve, have ALL the facts and have a parental and peer support system in favor of chastity will mostly likely be in the majority column.

Here’s the study:
cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs/pdf/yrbs07_us_summary_trend_all.pdf

It looks like promiscuity decreased from 1991 to 2001 and has been increasing since to the current rate which is that almost 1/2 of the population has had sex in high school.

Of course, that’s only those who will admit it, or are bragging.

When did you have a moral Christian society?

Anyway, saw this article before, looks interesting. Will need to have a closer look at those stats later, maybe.

Aye, and that’s the problem with all polls, be they like this, or, “Does a man really want anything more than sex.”

Even if no one admitted to it, it wouldn’t mean the problem was solved.

I’m not sure what you were exactly criticising…

It seems that the previous poster for was educating teens on the matters of sex & similar issues. Is that what you had a problem with? Just making sure.

What are you suggestiongs then?

Down to only about 48 percent. That figure is still about 100 percent too high.
But what kind of example do they have around them? They see pop idols and political leaders, and possibly close family members, involved in extramarital relations, serial bigamy, unwed parenthood, abortions, with holding out the example of chastity considered a joke by many.
Let’s applaude those who are not invloved in promiscuity.

Wait… you’re saying that’s what kids are exposed to today… At least if we go back to 91 I’m pretty sure they had much less of that. Yet… the promiscuity has gone donw from 1991-2001… So isn’t promiscious models around good? If the increase of those, decreases the kids’ promiscious behavior?

(NOTE: no I don’t think this is good rolemodeling, I’m just mildly making fun* of your post because it did not make sense correlation wise).

In a sense, I suppose, having the horrors of promiscuity shown would, in a way, cause a decrease in it. It we see the destroyed souls and minds of pornografic actresses, or of prostitutes, of people living life in the fast lane, I doubt there would be manny youngin’s to interested in it.

Then again, we ough’t to lie to them, lest we run into a batch of kids who grew up thinking smoking pot would make your nose fall off, and find it all a lie.

How are we lying in the first case though?

No, I mean, we shouldn’t say things like, “If you masturbate, you’ll go blind” Which is untrue, so far as I know. Tell them the Truth, nothing more, nothing less.

Both cases I presented didn’t fall under falacy, so, uh…I hope you understand my blabbering. :blush:

Ah! So see that we tell them less than the truth, and more than at the same time!

We make sex out to be a persons primary goal in life (Erm, society does, I mean) when it’s a great deal less than that!

And we tell them less about the horrors of its abuse! Society lies to the youth twice when it gives them immoral role models!

Unlike others let me say WONDERFUL NEWS! A few more feet gained in the culture war! :extrahappy:

The attitude which I am criticizing is the one which says “They’ll do it anyway”. Promiscuity should not be the norm, it should be the exception. It is only in our perverse modern society that it has become so prevalent.

Studies have shown that in the 20th century, where the average age for a woman’s first marriage was 19, about 35% of the brides were pregnant on their wedding day.

This is not to excuse any type of activity. But I would not ascribe modern causes to a vice that has been with society for centuries.

  1. You didn’t answer, when did you live in a moral Christian society?

  2. Which period are you even calling “modern society”?

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