Teens Having Less Sex, Using More Birth Control

05/07/2012 11:15 AM |

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The kids today are so responsible! Oh, or wait, am I supposed to see this as one of the signs of the rapidly approaching dystopian future, where sexting taking the place of real sex and nobody remembers how to use their mouths to communicate? Somebody call the Atlantic to see if teenage virgins are making us lonely.

In any case:

More girls in the U.S. are remaining virgins until their late teens and into their 20s, with the biggest rates of decline in sexual activity seen among African-Americans and Hispanics, the CDC says.

More than half of girls between the ages of 15 and 19 — 57% — reported that they had never had vaginal intercourse in the latest CDC survey covering 2006-2010, up from 49% in 1995.

and

Teen pregnancy rates have dropped more than 40% since their peak in 1990, and they remain at a 30-year low.

but

Even with the decline in teen pregnancies, the birth rate among teens in the U.S. is still among the highest of any industrialized nation.

Hmm, I wonder if that has anything to do with this sort of thing.