As you’re unfortunately well aware, teens today get a pretty bad rap. Drinking! Drugs! Debt! But according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people between the ages of 15 and 19 are waiting longer to have sex than they did 25 years ago, brilliantly contradicting the millions of “Milliennials Are the Worst” headlines that exist.
From 2011 to 2013, 44% of females and 47% males between 15 to 19 said they’d had sex at least once. Since 1988, that number is down 14% for girls and a 22% for boys.
The study also found that 79% of females and 84% of males used protection the first time they had sex, and teens are much more likely to use contraception when they’re a bit older (77% for those 17 and under compared to 93% for 18- and 19-year-olds). Way to go, teens.
Source: Teen Vogue