What Your Parents May Have Lied To You About

We’ve all been caught doing something unfavorable by our parents before. Usually, our parents will try to tell us that they didn’t do such things at the age that you are and that it’s completely unacceptable. Particularly, on the issue of sex.

There may be a major generation gap between child and parent, but new research is showing that modern-day teenagers’ sexual activity rates align with that of their parents’ back in the day.

The study, which was conducted by the Guttmacher Institute in New York, running on UPI.com, found that 33 percent of 16 year olds, 50 percent of 17 year olds, 61 percent of 18 year olds and 71 percent of 19 year olds report having sex. Coincidentally, these figures match up with those determined when their parents were teenagers themselves.

The lead researcher on this project said "Policymakers and the media often sensationalize teen sexual behavior, suggesting that adolescents as young as 10 or 11 are increasingly sexually active. But the data just don't support that concern. Rather, we are seeing teens waiting longer to have sex, using contraceptives more frequently, and being less likely to become pregnant than peers of past decades."

Additionally, the likelihood of sexual activity at any age was decreased by 25 percent. Hmm, does this change your view on your parents?

Ally | Elite.

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