Kids today! Could smartphones and social media be distracting them from sex?
A report on teen sexual activity released Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics found an overall decrease in the practice of oral sex among 15- to 19-year-olds between 2002 and 2010. That finding reflected a similar decline in vaginal intercourse among the same group, according to health experts.
In 2002, 55% of boys and 54% of girls reported ever having had oral sex. By 2010, only 48% of boys and 45% of girls reported having participated in oral sex, according to the report.
The report, “Prevalence and Timing of Oral Sex With Opposite-Sex Partners Among Females and Males Aged 15-24 years: United States,” was based on interviews with 6,346 young adults. Among other findings, the study found that in the two decades since 1988, the percentage of female and male teenagers who reported ever experiencing intercourse declined from 51% to 43%.