Kids have no more sex these days than 25 years ago–Hookup “culture” is bullshit.

Fornication and celibacy rates for unmarried people 25 and under, 1988-2012 GSS

Fornication and celibacy rates for unmarried white people 25 and under, 1988-2012 GSS

Dipshits like Camile Paglia, Bradley Wilcox, and Ross Douchehat like to argue that somehow the fate of contemporary America is threatened by the sluttiness of younger generations who fuck everyone they meet and refuse to get married. Let’s just examine this empirically, is there a developing generational culture in which people have sex withoug commitment? Really? Compared to when? We now have data going back to 1988 in the GSS on the number of sex partners in the last year.

I examine this in five year blocks for white Americans (other ethnicities show similar non-trends, but they are too small  a proportion of the sample to make serious inferences from) 25 or under who have never married. The first block of years is from 1988-1993,  so the oldest of those people would be 52 right now, and the youngest respondents in that age/period group would be 40 in 2014. Those people—which could have included me—have lower rates of monogamy and higher rates of having more than one, and more than two sex partners in the same year when compared to respondents under the age of 25 interviewed in later periods of the GSS. If there is a “trend” it is that monogamy has become more common for young people over the last two and a half decades. People are sleeping around LESS. And, they are just as likely to be celibate as they were 25 years ago or so. And, a higher percentage of young people report having no sex partners in the last year than report having more than two in any of the time periods. More people are celibate than are “sleeping around” (if having sex with three people in a year  while unmarried  is sleeping around). Sixty percent of young people these days were either monogamous or celibate in the last year, up from 56% for people in my cohort. My guess is that if we had reliable data from earlier periods, it would show a linear decline in sex partners and an increase in monogamy from the 1970s through the period I can examine (1988-2012). Just because you can see titties on TV, and people say naughty words on television, does not mean that people are fucking random people all the time, not even young, unmarried people. Go jerk off to something else.

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One Response to “Kids have no more sex these days than 25 years ago–Hookup “culture” is bullshit.”

  1. Daniel P. Says:

    We are all eagerly awaiting your post re: US District Court Judge Bernard Friedman’s evisceration of Regnerus.

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