Modern dating practices
But so far, at least, the trends don’t seem all that significant for Americans who’ve made it past early adulthood, either.The General Social Survey provides an easy way to investigate questions like this.And to paint his picture of the modern mating market, Regnerus draws extensively from the 2014 Relationships in America survey, which he helped to create, as well as from detailed interviews that he and his team conducted with young adults from around the country.
(Twenge’s core finding is that teens are growing up more slowly than they used to, and Regnerus tells us of a 32-year-old subject who didn’t lose her virginity until age 22 but has had about 20 sexual partners since.) Those born in the ’90s and later — ’s focus — won’t start hitting 30 for a few years yet.
For women, the numbers are 9 percent and 32 percent.
It’s possible some of the increase is just people being more willing to admit it nowadays, but the more obvious explanation is easier access to a wider variety of pornography — especially videos, which no longer require time alone with the family VCR.
If you’re curious what people are doing with their genitals these days — and let’s be honest, who isn’t — is your guide.
One fascinating table reveals how quickly couples end up in bed together.