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Does More Porn Mean Less Sex?

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Research in the Archives of Sexual Behavior brings surprising news: younger Millennials—those below age 26—engage in less sex than their counterparts among Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers, with fewer partners and less frequent instances of intimacy.

Among high school students, a substantial majority have no sexual experience, while 25 years ago only a minority remained abstinent. This is good news when it comes to fewer instances of sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies, and abortions.

But scientists say other aspects of the change aren’t so encouraging. Young people today spend considerable time on social media, leaving less chance for face-to-face contact, let alone sexual relations. And a disturbingly high percentage of young people who avoid sex altogether substitute video games or pornography. The explicit online content (in particular) is leaving them handicapped when it comes to constructing future marriages, or other lasting, intimate connections with real people that nearly all Americans say they want and need.

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