For one, there are many ways to experience physical pleasure that do not involve having sex. Having sex will not make you mature. In fact, one of the key components of maturity is responsible decision-making. Being an adult is much more about the choices you make and the values you establish than about isolated actions. But having sex is a brand new decision each time. The resistance our decision-making inertia comes up against is thought — thinking about the choices we make and why.
So what should we make of this data and can we draw any parallels with the UK? However, because of similar social and cultural factors in both the US and the UK, the professor says it's worth considering what might be behind the trends. First, many young people tend to form long-term partnerships later in life, with people not settling down until their 30s. He also says that young people remaining dependent on their families, both financially and in terms of living at home , might be a factor. Finally, he points to what he calls the 'pornographisation' of society, in which the greater access to explicit pornography online might be affecting sexual relationships. For example, young people might be concerned about the objectifaction of their bodies, about increasing negative attitudes towards women and they might even be having fewer sexual encounters because they're spending more time with pornography. One person thought the rise of dating apps could be responsible.