Who’s a Virgin?
More people than you might think.
Maybe it’s all the talk about vajayjays, boob jobs, Brazilian bikini waxes and really complicated sex toys. Who knows? But in any case, most of us are losing our virginity before we’re out of our teens.
A survey by the federal Centers for Disease Control found that 75 percent of all American women have lost their virginity by age 19. For men, the figure was 80 percent.
However, there are also 1.1 million people between the ages of 25 and 40 who have never had sex. (Looks like The 40-Year-Old Virgin wasn’t so unrealistic after all.) Reasons for postponing sex included religious or moral beliefs, and waiting for the right person to come along. In the 15-24 age group, more men than women said they were waiting for a good relationship before going to bed with anyone. Who knew guys were so starry-eyed?
And according to the website bookofodds.com, three groups in particular reported lower levels of virginity among both men and women: prisoners, the military and studio art majors at Wellesley College.
Although losing your virginity at a relatively early age can be frowned on (at least in public), it may be better for your sexual development. Researchers at Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute’s HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies found that people who lose their virginity between the ages of 21 and 23 are more likely to be sexually dysfunctional in later life.
We knew there was a reason not to postpone joy! (Book of Odds)