Virgin Territory: What Young Adults Say About Sex, Love, Relationships, and the First Time
Many young adults believe that sex—and losing one’s virginity—is secondary to having a healthy relationship, according to a new survey from The National Campaign and MTV’s It’s Your (Sex) Life. Among the other finding from the new report, Virgin Territory: What Young Adults Say About Sex, Love, Relationships, and the First Time:
- 78% of young adults would rather be in a serious romantic relationship with no sex over having sex without a relationship This includes a majority of men (71%), women (85%), virgins (91%), and those who have already had sex (72%).
- Among young adults who have not yet had sex, 37% say they are waiting for marriage. More than one in four (26%) are waiting until they fall in love (20% of men, 33% of women), and 20% say they haven’t had sex because of the risk of pregnancy (15% of men, 26% of women.)
- Seven in 10 young adults (69% of those age 18-24) say it is socially acceptable for someone their age to be a virgin.
You can read the full report here; when you’re done mining the data, check out MTV’s new docu-series “Virgin Territory,” which follows the lives of fifteen young adults, all of whom are trying to maneuver the tricky world of virginity. Episode one aired July 16, 2014 and future episodes will air Wednesdays at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.