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Study finds a further decline in teenage sex activity

You have been hearing quite frequently that the teenage population are having less sex than they ever did. The reasons could be many from a busy everyday schedule to reduced sexual arousal.

The topic has been an ongoing debate for a number of medical scientists. Some of them highlight the possible consequences of leading a lifestyle like that. With what figures are suggesting, the fertility rate could go further down in the future. Which would mean an imbalance in the population growth rate.

To look more into the issue, the British Pregnancy Advisory Services (BPAS) documented a detail report. The findings evaluate the possible reasons for a decrease in teenage sexual activity.

What did the report suggest?

The BPAS asked around 1000 young people taking their valuable opinion on the matter. It was found that most of them place high importance on studying for university/high schools. They feel the pressure of academics have a lot interfered with their social and personal life. With so much to look forward to academically, teenage have reduced interests elsewhere.

One other contributory factor identified was the increased social media usage. The report highlighted that people joining social media had increased by almost 45% over a span of three years. This particularly has changed the social interaction pattern of youth.

Now any type of physical contact has been taken over by the online media. The person can be contacted easily with just a text message away. What this really means is that teenage now prioritize their social media life over anything else. That has also contributed to less indulgence in any type of sexual activity.

The last factor to note was the societal pressure and giving importance to more family time. When the teenagers were asked about giving less priority to sex, their answers reflected the conservative approach of the society. According to most of them, they feel that the teenage year is not the right time to have sex. Similarly, for a lot of the young population they did not know what the right age was to lose virginity.

Finally, the teenage people now try indulging themselves more with their family than anyone else. For them, keeping this tie is far more important than anything else.

Limitation of the research

The report clearly suggests a decline in teenage sex. However, there is a particular limitation of the study which we need to consider.
Firstly, the entire findings were evaluated based on interviews and data looking into a number of teenage pregnancies. Although, people were asked to be honest yet there is no way of checking that. There is a general taboo relating to the topic of sex which most people will shy away from talking about.

On the second level, there is also a problem with observing the rate of teenage pregnancies. Such data fails to account for the importance of contraception and birth control methods. In the wider scheme of things, it means that the teenage population continues to have sex. The only difference is that now they make use of protective measures before indulging in intercourse.


Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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