According to a new demographic study on tolerance for premarital sex published in ‘The Archive of Sexual Behavior,‘ and recently reported by Times, Millennials have shown an all time high tolerance for premarital sex but, have fewer partners compared to their parents’ generation, where there was less public tolerance, but had more premarital sex partners.
The study pointed out that over an 8-year period, tolerance for premarital sex has shifted from minority to majority with 44% in 2004 to 58% in 2012. The study was based on demographics of 33,000 respondents from a wide cross section of the United States. The study also pointed out that in the last 35 years, acceptance of premarital sex has gradually increased: 28% thought premarital sex was okay in 1972, 38% in 1978, and 41% in 1982.
As acceptance for premarital sex has increased, so also is the acceptance for homosexuality – in 1973, only 11% of the respondents said it was okay, but in 2012 it has quadrupled to 44%.