In the past several years, however, a number of studies and books on hookup culture have begun to correct the record.
And yes, teenagers were getting better about using contraceptives, but not sufficiently better to single-handedly explain the change.
The country, which has one of the highest birth rates in Europe, is apparently disinclined to risk its fecundity.
Dismal employment prospects played an initial role in driving many men to solitary pursuits—but the culture has since moved to accommodate and even encourage those pursuits.
Michael and his co-authors recount in Sex in America, J.
Over the course of many conversations with sex researchers, psychologists, economists, sociologists, therapists, sex educators, and young adults, I heard many other theories about what I have come to think of as the sex recession.
It also tracks with data from the Online College Social Life Survey, a survey of more than 20,000 college students that was conducted from 2005 to 2011, which found the median number of hookups over a four-year college career to be five—a third of which involved only kissing and touching.
Those who have many things going for them already—looks, money, psychological resilience, strong social networks—continue to be well positioned to find love and have good sex and, if they so desire, become parents.