Millennials are often associated with “hookup culture”–where sexual encounters are frequent and long-term relationships are all but extinct.
We can’t really blame people for buying into the idea. Dating has essentially been reduced to swiping your finger on a screen, making it easier than ever before to hop into bed with someone you met only a couple of hours ago.
The only problem is: millennials aren’t actually doing it.
It turns out the idea was likely fed to us by Hollywood, or born from our own assumptions. Because a new study found the young generation is the most sexually inactive one seen since the Depression Era. That’s right, the 1930s. When ordinary people were lining up for soup kitchens and begging for change in the street. Not a sexy time.
“This study really contradicts the widespread notion that millennials are the ‘hookup’ generation, which is popularized by dating apps like ‘Tinder’ and others, suggesting that they are just looking for quick relationships and frequent casual sex,” said Ryne Sherman, an associate professor of psychology and co-author of the study.
In fact, gen-Xers and baby boomers got laid far more often than millennials did (something to keep in mind before you lecture them about their relationship habits). Women today are also twice as likely as men to be sexually inactive.
So what’s the deal?
Sherman says it’s complicated, but he believes factors could include the rise of social media, internet porn, improved sex education and greater awareness of sexually transmitted diseases. We also know that a lot of Millennials would rather play Pokemon Go than romp around in the sheets.
Either way, the idea that millennials are getting hot and heavy all the time is still basically a fantasy. To learn more about the study, check out the video above.