The world is not as focused on personal discovery as it was 25 years ago, when human minds were more liberated, levels of consciousness were higher, existential questions were flourishing, sexual revolutions were on the verge of changing mentalities, people were more opened to mingle, interact, have sex, discover themselves, spend time doing nothing, spend time doing everything, have sex, go to work, interact, have sex and be happy.
The world we have designed does not allow for so much freedom, although we are trained to think that we live in the era where freedom of expression, diversity of thought, being and sexual discovery are the main characters in the freedom masterpiece. Well, maybe some of us do feel like it, but how come that the number of teenagers having sex is the lowest in 25 years? Where have all the hormones go? Ah, we killed those with Facebook and trans-fatty acids. Is this a fair trade? Maybe not, but the thing worth mentioning in this sophisticated equation is that the use of condoms among teens is higher than in the last 11 years, according to a recently released report by the Centers for Disease and Prevention.
On the other hand, teens have not increased their use of effective contraceptive methods such as intrauterine devices and they keep on using withdrawal, which is known to be one of the least effective ways to prevent pregnancy.
A recent study found that 44% of females and 47% of males with ages ranging from 15 to 19 reported having had sex between 2011 and 2013. The rates have not met the dimension of change compared to the previous survey period, namely 2006 to 2010. Sex rates are much lower compared to 1988, when 51% of females and 60% of males taking part of the same age group reported having sex.
Less sex and more responsibility could be a conclusion to the study. This means that we have generations more aware of the reality they live in. We don’t know if this is necessarily a good thing, because dreaming during years of youth helps self-discovery. On the other hand, too much awareness leads to dullness and premature aging of personalities. People are more inclined to settle down rather than enjoy life and themselves through all the channels available, including sex.
Teenagers have less sex and when they do, they want it safe, responsible and as minimalistic in passion as possible. Young generations are more inclined to experiment rather than to discover. The emphasis on diversity sometimes kills the passion aroused by basic instincts. Basic can be cool sometimes, outside the strange territories of experiment. When the basic instinct is completely understood, experiment can be better comprehended. Safe is good and highly recommended but sometimes, somewhere, a little bit of wilderness can do wonders to our minds and bodies.
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