"This study really contradicts the widespread notion that Millennials are the 'hookup' generation, which is popularized by dating apps like Tinder," Dr. His study found that 11 percent of 20- to 24-year-olds born from 1980 to 1990 reported being sexually inactive.But for adults born in 1990 from 1996, that percentage jumped to 15 percent. Sherman says, that's a dramatic difference – but he also clarifies that that doesn't mean Millennials are practicing abstinence, either.Constantly being detached from actual people – swiping through Tinder on our phones, scrolling through strangers' Instagram profiles – creates a fear of the intimacy we crave, too.
The media, too, has trouble deciphering what exactly our motivations in life are: Do we move in with our parents because we're lazy and co-dependent or because we're perpetually broke?
After all, the other 85 percent of these younger Millennials are having sex. Sherman has a couple theories about why an increasing number of young adults are reporting that they're sexually inactive.
What might be different with this generation is that the majority of Millennials received sex-education (87 percent), and grew up with an awareness, and a fear, of the AIDS epidemic, making us more hesitant when it comes to sexual encounters.
Asher, who hosts and produces a storytelling group in New York, has been dating online for seven years.
Recently, he met a girl on the app Bumble, and the two began to casually date.