The Thinking 

Sex Education

November 7, 2017


The number of young adults born in the 1990s who report they are not having sex is more than twice as high as it was for the Baby Boomer generation, a sign they have learned from the fallout of the sexual revolution, experts tell LifeSiteNews.

The study found that 15 percent of Millenials aged 20-24 said they had not had sex since age 18, more than those born in the late 1960s (six percent), 1970s (11 percent) or 1980s (12 percent). That is lower than their fellow Millenials born in the previous decade.

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Elizabeth writes:

I was surprised that the interpretation of data regarding sexual activity amongst millennials was thought to be the result of “learn(ing) from the fallout of the sexual revolution”.

It seems far more likely that millennials are having less sex because they are instead watching pornography on their computers, tablets, and smartphones, and thus have less of a need, or desire, for actual intercourse with another human being.

Millennials are a more solitary generation than previous ones, preferring to stay at home and use the internet, interacting with friends on social media, instead of in person. It seems more likely that this is the cause, for, where would they even encounter the idea that the sexual revolution was a bad thing? The culture certainly isn’t telling them that.

Laura writes:

Sad, isn’t it? To grow up in such a sexualized, animalistic environment.

Jane S. writes:

Elizabeth is right. Whatever “experts” say is almost always wrong.

I spend every work day in a sea of millennials. Most of them are very nice and I don’t mean to tar them all with the same brush. But they seem indifferent to any human interaction, let alone the kind that leads to intimacy.

They spend their time in the breakroom, peering intently at a mobile device, instead of looking at the people sitting around from them. It’s as if they go out of their way to avoid talking to the people they are actually with. One wonders if they make it a goal to interact only with people who aren’t there.

This is a feature of totalitarianism Hannah Arendt called “atomization.” She said:

“While isolation concerns only the political realm of life, loneliness concerns human life as a whole. Totalitarian government, like all tyrannies, certainly could not exist without destroying the public realm of life, that is, without destroying, by isolating men, their political capacities. But totalitarian domination as a form of government is new in that it is not content with this isolation and destroys private life as well. It bases itself on loneliness, on the experience of not belonging to the world at all, which is among the most radical and desperate experiences of man.” [emphasis mine]

I don’t know that “animalistic” is quite the word I would use to describe today’s social environment. Denizens of the new totalitarianism do not behave like animals. I always enjoy meeting a cat or a dog. They are curious, friendly, affectionate, in the moment, and keenly interested in the world around them. I almost never meet a person who acts like that. It would be an improvement if they did.

Laura writes:

I was referring to porn when I used the word “animalistic.” But you’re right. Cats and dogs don’t do that either.

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