According to the recently released report by The National Survey of Family Growth the American sexual culture that has been so culturally overarching for years is experiencing a slow-down in activity.
The report states that 29% of females and 27% of males aged 15 to 24 years have never had sexual contact with another person. The figure, which was compiled from studies conducted from 2006 to 2008, is higher that the results published in 2002.
While the report issued a number of other findings about the American culture and its sexual activity, According to an article in the Washington Post, ‘That nearly one-third of people in their late teens or early twenties report no sexual activity “leaps out” of the findings, said Bill Albert, chief program officer of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, an advocacy organization in Washington. “The public’s general perception is that when it comes to young people and sex, the news is bad and likely to get worse,” he said. The new report, however, provides at least indirect evidence that “many, many young people have been very receptive to the message of delaying sexual activity – there’s no doubt about it.”
These findings are more hopeful than the 40% decrease in teen pregnancy over the last 20 years, because they mean that abstinence-only programs are working for an increasing amount of the teen population.