Not Everyone's Doing 'It'!
Despite what you've heard in the halls, on the field, and in the locker room about sex, not everyone's doing "It"! In 2012, the American College Health Association collected data about college students and sex.
The results showed that 32.7% of undergraduate females and 33.1% of undergraduate males reported having had zero sexual partners within the last 12 months. 44.2% of females and 38.8% of males reported having had between only one partner in the last 12 months.
Only 9% of college undergrads have had sex with 4 or more people in the last 12 months. This data shows that about 75% of both male and female undergraduates have had only one or fewer sex partners in the last year.
The concept of the college hook-up culture often makes people feel like everyone else is having sex with a lot of different people when, in reality, the number of people doing this is small. This shows the concept of perception.
Many people may be pretending like they are hooking up with a lot of different people in order to make themselves feel like they are "fitting in." Other people may actually be hooking up with a lot of people, but feel pressured to do it, and therefore, don't feel entirely comfortable with their choices.
This kind of pressure often distorts the actual facts and makes people feel like they are left out.
Everyone wants to fit in, and it may seem lonely if you feel everyone else is doing it except you. Just know that everyone isn't having sex. It's fine to wait to have sex with your partner until you both feel ready for that step, or to wait and make the decision until you are older.
Don't feel pressured by those around you. Having sex when you are feeling uncomfortable or unsure about your decision is never the right time. There are many things you can do to feel close to your partner without having sex.
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Below are links PAMF accessed when researching this topic. PAMF does not sponsor or endorse any of these sites, nor does PAMF guarantee the accuracy of the information contained on them.
Sex: Everyone's Doin' It... Not!, In the Mix.
National College Health Assessment, American College Health Association
For More Information:
See our Attitudes Towards Sex article.
See our Sexual Orientation article.
Reviewed By: Nancy Brown, Ph.D.
Last Reviewed: June 24, 2013