GenX becoming 'generation with no sex'
Posted on: 02:03 AM IST Feb 06, 2008
London: The term Generation X may soon come to be known as 'Generation with no sex', with a research revealing that people who are currently aged between 20 to 40 are less prone to adultery and multiple sexual partners than generations before and after them.
The new research shows that adultery is less common among people born between 1965 and 1985. They are also likely to have fewer sexual partners than the generation either directly before or after them.
The research was conducted by Edward Laumann, the professor of sociology at the University of Chicago.
According to the scientists, these people are less inclined to believe in 'free love', and place more emphasis on commitment due to the emergence of Aids and a boom in divorces among their parents.
The invention of the Pill enticed the sense of sexual adventure in those who were born before the 1960s. The resultant high level of relationship break-ups however, convinced Generation X to stay away from adultery.
According to Laumann, those lessons have been lost by teenagers and those in their early 20s, who are increasingly using sex as entertainment thanks to the internet.
"It's clear that, while Generation X has sex, obviously, it's probably not as much or as varied in styles as that of their parents or today's teenagers and students," the Telegraph quoted Laumann as saying.
The term Generation X, which was first used in the 1960s, has since become associated with those approaching adulthood in the early 1990s.