Staying A: Abstinence in the United States

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By Shrien Alshabasy
Published: April 27, 2015

These days, it’s hard to imagine that there’s a part of America’s teen population who remains abstinent until marriage. After all, sexual encounters can be seen on any channel of the TV or on articles running on Facebook. Only 3% of Americans wait until marriage to have sex, compared to the 11% in 1950. It’s not surprising, however, that 20% of Americans in highly religious groups wait until marriage to have sex.

But did you know that 60% of the abstinent population is women?

High school has become a different world in the 21st century, but maybe thoughts about sex haven’t changed so radically. 54% of high school students are virgins, 58% of them saying that sexual activitiy for teens is unacceptable. Why do these hormone-infested teens reject the notion of sex? 82% of teens say they desire to have one partner for life.

The largest reason why individuals choose abstinence is to uphold moral or religious values, while the next group says they want to prevent impregnation. 34% of the abstinent population say they are waiting for the “right” person, while 33% fear an STD. 23% want to focus on their education or career, while 18% want to save themselves from emotional distress. The slim minority (9%) remain abstinent to maintain their reputation.

What reasons are the right reasons to remain abstinent? What do you think? Has sex in our world changed dramatically from the 1950s until now?

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Source: Statistic Brain Research Institute (Online / Direct Response Mail)
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: April 27, 2015

Staying A: Abstinence in the United States

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