While some reports say millenials are having less sex than their parents, casual sex is up while the use of condoms? Down.
According to a 2015 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, condom use among teens is down to 57% in 2015 compared to 63% in 2003. Another fact that shows young people aren’t practicing safe sex? STIs such as chlamydia and gonorrhea are up 6% and 13% respectively, the CDC says.
A study published in the Archives of Human Behavior found that millennials are more likely to have *casual sex (38%) compared to older generations (25%) which may also explain the lack of condom use, says Atlanta-based pediatrician Dr. Hansa Bhargava, a WebMD medical editor.
“In a casual relationship, if a person feels like they ‘know’ the other person, they are less likely to practice protected sex,” Bhargava told the New York Post.
Social media and lack of communication may also to be to blame in the rise of STIs, says Eric Garrison, psychotherapist and sexologist.
“Sex is easier to do than to talk about, and the style of communication… is texting and short messages where you’re tweeting this and tweeting about that, but talking about an STI is more than 140 characters,” Garrison told the New York Post.
“Young people just don’t have those communication skills.”
*No figures were available on the instances of “formal sex”.