Is it ok to have premarital sex? That is the common question asked among teens. Imagine you are in a relationship that is very intimate and it is heading towards that direction. What do you do? In your mind you are almost certainly thinking the pros and cons about premarital sex. What is the right decision to make?
According to research, more than nine out of ten Americans have been involved in premarital sex. Finer, who is a research director at the Guttmacher Institute, said, “The reality of the situation is that most people had premarital sex, and it has been that way for decades.” He examined how sexual behavior before marriage has changed overtime. He interviewed over 38,000 people. His analysis was ninety-nine percent of them had sex by the age of forty-four and ninety-five percent had it before marriage. According to the 1977 National Survey data, adults who are twenty-five years of age, ninety-seven percent of men and eighty-one percent of women, had premarital sex. Of the women born in the 1900’s, only eight percent had premarital sex before the age of twenty. Of the women born from 1910-1919, the percentage increased to twenty-three percent (Premarital sex: almost everyone is doing it, CBS News, New York 2006). In the U.S., seven in ten women had sex before age fourteen (Facts in Brief: Teen Sex and Pregnancy, The Alan Guttmacher Institute, New York, 1996). Nationally, one-quarter of fifteen year old females and less than thirty percent of fifteen year old males have had sex, compared with sixty-six of eighteen year old females, and sixty-eight of eighteen year old males who have had sexual intercourse. (A Statistical Portrait of Adolescent Sex, Contraception, and Childbearing, National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Washington, DC, 1998).
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