Millennials (people in the ages of 16 to 24) are having a more varied sex life than a decade ago. They practice anal sex more often, and are doing same sex experiments, for example. That appeared from British research.
Every decade the sex habits of teenagers are being surveyed. Experts have examined the data of this research, that take place every 10 years in the UK. The findings are surprising. Of all teenagers, 1 in 10 has tried anal sex before the age of 18. By the time they reached the age of 22-24, 3 in 10 has tried it. There are still prejudices about anal, but they seem to shift.
Vaginal and oral
Vaginal and oral sex are still most mentioned as sexual activities between men and women. The age at which teenagers start to have sex has hardly changed during the past decades. The most recent research shows that this is at about the age of 16.
The research was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, shows that there is a shift in sexual activity, but it doesn’t tell us why. Additional research must be done to give more insights. The experts can only speculate. They think that people are less judgmental about experiments with sex.
Researcher Kaye Wellings says the changing sexual behavior fits in a ‘more open attitude’ of young people, as compared to previous generations. Her co-worker, Cynthia Graham of the University of Southampton, says internet and media play a mayor part in this. “Internet gives people access to things they couldn’t see previously.”
It is the question whether these results are applicable to the youth in The Netherlands. From research among Dutch teenagers only this summer, the conclusion was that they actually started with sex later then earlier generations. And from previous research in the UK (2014), we can even conclude that teenagers are being put under pressure to have anal sex.