Millennials are doing it tough. Living in a world where Baby Boomers rule the roost and are hoarding all the cash (just look at the latest budget for proof), Millennials are faced with the rising cost of smashed avo on toast, finding a life partner through Tinder and most likely never being able to own a home. All of this appears to be affecting their libido with a recent study finding millennials are waiting longer to lose their virginity.
The revealing study by researchers with the Next Steps project, set up by the Department of Education and managed by University College London, followed the lives of 16,000 people born between 1989 and 1990 from the age of 14.
The results surprised many involved with the study, showing millennials remain virgins for longer, with 12.5 per cent of them not having sexual intercourse until the age of 26.
About 90 per cent of people lost their virginity by the age of 19, while just one per cent said it occurred during the ages of 23 and 26.
These results come off the back of a similar study by the American Government in 2016. They found only 44 per cent of teenage girls had lost their virginities compared to the 58 per cent who had 25 years ago.
It was a similar ratio for boys, with 47 per cent having had sex in their teens compared to 69 per cent in their parent’s generation.
So why the lack of loving amongst millennials?
According to Susanna Abse, a psychoanalytic psychotherapist at the Balint Consultancy, the youth of today struggle with intimacy due to their exposure to porn and the rising amount of sexual content shown in films and television.
“Millennials have been brought up in a culture of hypersexuality which has bred fear of intimacy,” she told The Sunday Times. “The fear for young men is of being humiliated, plus fear of exposure in your Facebook group.”
It seems the latest generation are more consumed with their image and standing in social media, but there’s also a number of other factors. Young people are forced to work longer hours to earn enough money to keep up with modern life trends, with many still living at home well into their 20s, meaning sex just isn’t high on their list of priorities.
The rise of dating apps also makes it hard for people to find a real connection, while the above-mentioned hypersexuality culture we live in is becoming more of a deterrent to people wanting to engage in sexual activity.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter when you decide to take the plunge. As long as the moment is in a safe environment, with someone you trust and consensual, you can wait as long as you like to break the duck.