Are Millennials More Conservative About Sex? A New Study Says Yes

Are Millennials More Conservative About Sex? A New Study Says Yes

Millennials are seen as being accepting of pretty much anything and everything, but a new survey says that they might be way more conservative than people thought. If you and your friends think you’re wild because you have regular Sex and the City recap brunches that would make eavesdroppers turn bright red, think again. A new study by the Public Religion Research Institute found that millennials are surprisingly conservative when it comes to getting it in, despite what The Jersey Shore showed us in that dirty, dirty hot tub. PRRI surveyed 2,300 Americans between 18 and 35, and the stats they found prove that they definitely aren’t open to Fifty Shades of experiences.

  1. Millennials aren’t all looking for a GBF. Almost 40% of the young people polled thought homosexuality is always morally wrong. Looks like they’re not watching Will and Grace reruns (even though sometimes it seems like that’s all that’s on), and they haven’t watched the extreme guilty pleasure GBF (gay best friend) on Netflix.
  2. Sex without monogamy isn’t as prevalent as HBO would lead us to believe. 38% thought people having sex in non-committed relationships was a problem, which means more Tinder choices for you. In a world where you can swipe for sex and have it delivered to your doorstep, you’d think that millennials would be a little more open to having a gay best friend and a regular hookup. Despite what you overhear at crowded NYC brunches, you have to imagine that there are plenty of people in the flyover states who are waiting for marriage (or at the very least, a little bit of commitment — maybe just Facebook official).
  3. Your parents might be more accepting than you are. Before you start imagining your parents in sketchy scenarios, know that it just means that they’re open to different lifestyles (and no, not in a creepy way). Even though millennials are more conservative than people thought previously, older generations are becoming more accepting. Older Americans’ (think parents and grandparents) are more accepting of homosexual relationships by 25% since 2001.
  4. Millennials think sex between teens is morally wrong. Despite the popularity of high schoolers getting it on in CW shows, it looks like people disagree IRL. (I guess Lifetime movies about jailbait can make you think that way.) 41% of those surveyed thought sex between teens under 18 is always morally wrong. They did acknowledge that pregnant teens face a lot of stigma, which is probably because everyone has seen at least one episode of Teen Mom (and probably even more now that the OG teen moms have made their triumphant return).
Margaret is a freelance writer who covers pop culture and fashion in New York City. Her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, xoJane, and Racked. She tweets about her crippling caffeine addiction and teen TV obsession here: @margaretabrams