Millennials Having Way Less Sex Than Gen X or Baby Boomers

Millennials are not getting laid as much as their parents did at the same age, according to a new study published in The Archives of Sexual Behavior. Millennials were born roughly from 1983-2000. And the younger the Gen Y millennial is, the less sex he or she is having. Their parents, Baby Boomers and Gen X’rs, did not use the internet as much when they were 19-29, so researchers think all the Tindering, Grindering, and Facebooking people are doing leads to less sex. And why is this? It’s complicated.

Unlike divorced daters over 50 who are apparently getting laid like crazy, 20-somethings who date online say they don’t meet as much face to face, which is weird considering they spend all day swiping and messaging each other. “When it comes time to meet, I get “ghosted” and the guy never follows up,” reports my 21-year-old female cousin. Millennials of both sexes are also terrified of getting STD’s which is another big reason. Add the fear of emotional involvement and dating sites “filled with douchebags who think they deserve at least a 9” says my (hot) cousin, and people get laid less than we thought they did.

Another component is fear and anxiety about consent, from both boys who are not sure exactly how to ask for consent, and girls who fear getting date raped by the bro they just met on Tinder. Another big reason for less sex is that more people in their 20’s are still living with their parents, which is always a sexy time killer.

The study was conducted by Jean Twenge who wrote Generation Me; Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled, — and More Miserable Than Ever Before, and Brooke Wells from Widener University. They report that 20-somethings “showed elevated rates of adult sexual inactivity.”

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Anka Radakovich is a legendary Sex Columnist, Certified Sexologist, Sex Educator, Screenwriter, and Author of the book THE WILD GIRLS CLUB, PART 2, Tales from New York to Hollywood. THE WILD GIRLS CLUB, Part 2 is her third book. Her first two books, The Wild Girls Club; Tales from below the Belt, and Sexplorations; Journeys to the Erogenous Frontier were both published by Crown/Random House. She was the Sex Columnist for DETAILS Magazine for 9 years and currently writes columns for and Los Angeles Magazine. Her writing has appeared in dozens of magazines including Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Men's Journal, Seventeen, Glamour, and Maxim. She has appeared on numerous television shows including 8 appearances with Conan O’Brien. She was a Jeopardy question under the category “Men’s Mags.” As a Sex Educator and Sexologist, she is a college lecturer at Universities throughout the country who offers her unique brand of sex education. Follow her on Twitter @ankarad.


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