Melody Teh

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Wed, 6 May, 2015

Baby boomers had more sexual partners than today’s young adults

Baby boomers had more sexual partners than today’s young adults

A new study reveals that although today’s young people are more tolerant of premarital sex than earlier generations – 58 per cent in 2012 compared to 28 per cent in 1974, they on average have fewer partners than their parents did.

The study, published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, surveyed 33,000 people of varying ages and found people born in the 1950s and 1960s had the most sexual partners of all groups. While boomers had an average of 11 partners, millennials born in the 1980s and 1990s had an average of eight sexual partners. Those born in the 1940s or 1970s had an average of 10 partners. 

“Millennials have never known a world where premarital sex was a taboo. But although they're more tolerant of these behaviours, they're not taking that as license to sleep around,” said lead author Jean Twenge. She added a reason might be an increased awareness about HIV and STDs rather than an issue of morality.

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