American virgins waiting longer for sex
Horny American guys, we have bad news for you: American girls are having their first sexual experience after—not before—they arrive on camp.
The "Ultimate College Girl Survey", conducted by HerCampus.com, an online community for college women, was done during the 2011–12 academic year and involved nearly 2,600 participants between the ages of 17 and 23.
Sixty-nine percent of those surveyed said that they didn't lose their virginity until they turned 18, while 43% of respondents were still virgins at the time of the survey. For those respondents who had already had sex, 12.3% lost their virginity at 17 while 9.5% said that their first time was at age 16.
Participants hailed from 677 different US schools, with graduating classes 2012 through 2015 almost equally represented. "The delay in first sex in the survey seems high, which may be due to selectivity in who is interviewed," Laura Lindberg, a senior research associate at Guttmacher, told Self magazine.
"However, it's not surprising that girls attending college wait to have sex later than other girls, for many reasons," she says, citing race, income and parents' education as potential factors.
Even still, she adds that being a virgin likely has less of a stigma today than it has in recent years. "We hear over and over from readers that they are waiting for the right guy to have sex for the first time, rather than simply viewing it as an item to check off their high school or college bucket list," Kaplan says.
According to data from the Centre For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) in the US, young girls are waiting longer to have their first sexual experience. The proportion of 15- to 19-year-old females who had been sexually active at least once declined from 51% in 1988 to 43% in 2006–2010.
For men, CDC data suggests the decline is even greater—the proportion of 15- to 19-year-old males who had been sexually active at least once dropped from 60% in 1988 to 42% in 2006–2010.
Image: "The Last American Virgin"
Published: 23rd July 2012