After all, sex-partner surveys are notorious for producing the mathematically impossible result that men are having more sex with women than women are having with men.But whatever the case, the difference is far from overwhelming.An important possibility is that while kids these days are waiting longer to get started, they’re catching up during an extended “early adulthood” that lasts until age 30 or so.(Twenge’s core finding is that teens are growing up more slowly than they used to, and Regnerus tells us of a 32-year-old subject who didn’t lose her virginity until age 22 but has had about 20 sexual partners since.) Those born in the ’90s and later — ’s focus — won’t start hitting 30 for a few years yet.More than 40 percent of adult men but fewer than 10 percent of women say they watched porn in the past week.More than half of men 24–35 report masturbating in the past four days, meanwhile: That’s twice the proportion of women who did so.
The wider availability of porn could plausibly have a variety of follow-on effects.n 1960 came the Pill, which disconnected sex from childbearing.In the 1990s and 2000s came widespread Internet connections, which facilitated easy access to both pornography and dating sites.It’s the survey Twenge used for her sex-partners analysis, and for nearly three decades it has repeatedly asked Americans how many partners they’ve had since age 18. six once again in the four most recent surveys, conducted between 2010 and last year.Looking at the data myself, I couldn’t find any trend for men in their thirties: Their median number of sex partners was six in the 1989–98 surveys (which I combined to boost the sample size a bit), six in the 2000–08 period, and . Women’s median has climbed from three to four over the same period, though it’s hard to tell if they’re actually having more sex or if they’re just more willing to admit it these days.But so far, at least, the trends don’t seem all that significant for Americans who’ve made it past early adulthood, either.