There is much discussion about whether it’s “right” to wait, whether to educate people on waiting, etc., but not much is said (or studied) about the millions of people in the US who actually wait. We are a quiet minority, but a sizable one. Check out the latest stats on how many people wait until marriage, and who they are.
Does moving in together and having sex before marriage affect your chances of divorce? Sociology Professor Jay Teachman conducted a study to determine whether the common practice of living with and having sex with multiple partners before marriage has any effect on divorce rates. His findings bode well for those who wait.
A recent study published in the Journal of Family Psychology surveyed 2,035 married people and discovered that the longer couples waited before becoming sexually active, the higher their satisfaction in multiple aspects of their marriage. Couples who waited all the way until marriage to have sex reported the highest satisfaction. Read on for all the gory statistical details and quotes from the survey author.
Undoubtedly, the decision to wait is a challenging one. But when sexual activity is right around the corner, waiters are faced with another difficult choice: birth control method. This decision should not be taken lightly and emerging research is uncovering some surprising facts about hormonal contraception.
Is losing your virginity a big deal? A recent University of Iowa study compares the divorce rates between women who lost their virginity as teens and women who waited until adulthood. The results show that the loss of one’s virginity may be more serious than some think.
A 2000 Study by University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill concluded that more intelligent teenagers are more restrained about sex, and are much less sexually active on the whole than their less-intelligent classmates. In the experiment, 12,000 students between the 7th and 12th grades were polled (confidentially) about their sexual activity, and then given a basic intelligence test….
The negative physical consequences of premarital sex (e.g., STDs and out of wedlock pregnancy) are universally acknowledged. However, only until recently has the scientific community been able to produce concrete evidence regarding the emotional impacts. Hooked provides an in depth look at this cutting-edge research, explaining the effects that premarital sex has on the brain and human psyche.
A new study, titled Gender Differences: What We Seek in Romantic and Sexual Partners, offers some novel insights about what qualities we look for in romantic and sexual partners.
In Japan, a sex worker was discovered to have a new “super” strain of gonorrhea. This form of gonorrhea can not be treated. A team of Japanese and Swedish scientists wrote, in the July 2011 issue of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, that this new form may represent “a true superbug that initiates a future era of untreatable gonorrhea”.
STDs and out of wedlock pregnancy are threats especially for teens and young adults. For a considerable period of time, these risks were mitigated. Is this trend continuing? The CDC’s most recent numbers on these may surprise you.