Friday, February 12, 2010

Boys and Sex: And the survey says...

Are teen boys going to have sex? Are ALL teen boys having sex? Answers in a new survey may surprise readers.

What boys think about sex can be found in a 2010 survey conducted for Seventeen Magazine in conjunction with The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

February 12 is National Purity Day, a teen movement now in its seventh year, and an appropriate time to look at some of these survey results.

In “That's What He Said: What Guys Think About Sex, Love, Contraception, and Relationships,” 1200 online interviews were conducted by TRU with teen boys and young men ages 15-22.

P. 3: (page numbers not counting the cover)
• Over three-quarters (78%) stated there is too much pressure from society to have sex (this could be due to findings on p.7 that guys are influenced by pornographic images and sex education).

P. 4:
Bad news:
• More than half (57%) of those who have had sex admit they’ve had unprotected sex.
• Nearly one-third (30%) say they would have sex even if there was no condom handy.
• Three out of ten (19% of the younger, 35% of the older) say they've had sex with a girl whom they knew was drunk.
• One in six (17%) say they wait for their partner to insist on using protection.
• 15% don’t know that condoms aren’t foolproof.

Good news:
• 23% have lied about not being virgins when they actually were! Of the 60% who admit they’ve lied about having sex:
• 44% lied to appear more sexually experienced; 39% say they lied to appear “cooler.”

• Seven out of ten (71%) say that a girl who has “sexted” (sent nude or semi-nude photos of herself via cell phone or internet) is not girlfriend material. See this blog site’s previous post on “sexting.”

P. 7:
•542 of those surveyed were virgins! That’s the best news on boys and sex in a while - and surprising, with all the encouragement on television and in movies to just go ahead and do it.

4 comments:

adamfowlersopinion February 12, 2010 at 10:33 AM  

Sounds like mixed results. Good for those 542. I'm sure the peer pressure is intense.

Janet L. Rockey February 12, 2010 at 10:37 AM  

This is encouraging news. I wish "Hollyweird" would see that they're sending the WRONG message to our youth.

Katy February 15, 2010 at 6:50 PM  

Very good statistics. Are these based on all types of backgrounds and beliefs?

Sheryl February 16, 2010 at 3:55 AM  

Hi Katy, thanks for asking. These appear to be at-random on line interviews, not religiously related. Page 7 of the study gives some percentages of the boys' backgrounds. http://www.thenationalcampaign.org/resources/pdf/pubs/ThatsWhatHeSaid.pdf

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