“We are far less accepting of pressured sex.” But some experts are concerned that the drop-off reflects the difficulty some young people are having in forming deep romantic connections.They cite other reasons for putting off sex, including pressure to succeed, social lives increasingly conducted on-screen, unrealistic expectations of physical perfection encouraged by dating apps and wariness over date rape.Claudia, who did not want her last name used because “I don’t want all my professors reading about how I’m a virgin,” said her parents worry. I’m just like, ‘Eh, it’ll happen.’ ” Millennials have been called the most cautious generation — the first to grow up with car seats and bike helmets, the first not allowed to walk to school or go to the playground alone.
So has sex declined because people are not meeting in person? But online life can also affect offline life in more subtle ways, especially when potential mates can disappear forever with the swipe of a thumb.
There’s another gorilla in the room: It’s whatever is turned on electronically.” Alexandra Wolff, 19, had hoped to find romance in college.
In high school, she and her friends were so focused on schoolwork that they did not date.
“To me, there’s more intimacy with having someone there next to you that you can rely on without having to have sex,” she said.
“I don’t want to do anything that would harm the relationship and be something that we can’t come back from.” It’s a less sexy time to be young than it used to be, despite millennials’ reputation as bed-hoppers frolicking like the characters on “Girls.” A study published Tuesday in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior finds that younger millennials — born in the 1990s — are more than twice as likely to be sexually inactive in their early 20s as the previous generation was.“On college campuses, you see older people scratching their heads about ‘safe spaces.’ ” Twenge said.