teens, sexuality, and commitment

fascinating post on ypulse the other day about teens and relational commitment.

short story:

teens are “hooking up” (participating in casual sex) much less than media and popular opinion would lead us to believe. it’s a small segment of teens that are participating in this behavior.

changing roles of women are playing a more significant role.

the idea of marrying your high school sweetheart is gone.

sex without a condom is the new engagement ring, and a sign of commitment, and indicative of a desire for a monogamous relationship.

the move to non-condom sex usually comes with STD testing and a conscious decision of monogamy.

with the extension of adolescence, living together in a monogamous relationship as a precursor to marriage is becoming substantially more commonplace (no surprise there).

thoughts, responses, implications?

3 thoughts on “teens, sexuality, and commitment”

  1. Marko,

    I commented on that little piece. Follow the url. I’ve been thinking about co-habitation a bit as well since that was the other piece of that update. More tomorrow on that.


  2. I plan on commenting on my blog about this sometime soon, but I think the comment was about “hooking up online” which I think is different than “hooking up” in general.

  3. All the articles I read about this stuff always seems to be like two steps forward, one step back, another step forward, then like ten steps back.

    But it makes me wonder what generation did have a healthy view of sexuality as a whole generation. Individual youth can have healthy views but as a whole over the past hundred years or whatever the whole generation never seems to peg it.

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