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A growing number of people are putting themselves first — ahead of any sexual pleasure that comes with a relationship or dating.
Most surprising may be who is abstaining from sex.
New research has found that Generation Z is less sexually active than the generations before. That’s right, people in the 18-to-24-year-old category are abstaining at a significantly higher rate than millennials and Gen X-ers.
Nearly half of Gen Z (49%) studied said first-date sex is a dealbreaker, compared to 36% of those between the ages of 25 and 34 and 30% of the 35-45 age group, according to the latest report from Lovehoney, in partnership with the Kinsey Institute.
That’s a sizable difference, points out Lovehoney’s scientific advisor, Dr. Justin Lehmiller.
“The study focused on sex and relationships during and after the pandemic, revealing the 18-24 demo to be the least sexually active of all age groups,” Dr. Lehmiller told the Toronto Sun.
“A majority of singles came into the summer of 2021 feeling sexually curious and ready to find passionate connection, but were feeling more protective of their ‘me time,’” he explained. “Gen Z is being less active and overall taking things slower in relationships.”
All one needs to do is check out TikTok and type in the hashtag “#celibacy” to see that more people on the site are sharing their experiences of abstinence in order to connect with themselves, find peace, discover self-love and improve their mental health.
Some are recalibrating and setting new goals, others are done with their own promiscuous behaviour, while there are those who need to focus on themselves after a particularly bad breakup.
As far as physical health goes, there are many myths out there about abstinence but, for the most part, that’s exactly what they are – myths.
And unlike that Seinfeld episode in which George got smarter when he went without sex (and Elaine got dumber), abstinence does not make the brain grow bigger or become more intelligent.