Is That Why It’s Called “Sweet 16?”

Posted October 6, 2011 by

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

Years ago, divulging the time you lost your virginity would have been taboo, but in 2011, everybody’s sex dating lives are out in the open for all to see.  However, it is sixteen year olds who are the most vocal of the bunch.

According to a recent adult dating study conducted by the annual British Sex Survey, over eighteen percent of the 1000 participants that volunteered for the survey admitted they lost their virginity at the age of sixteen.

By looking at the graph below, one can see that over twenty-eight percent of volunteers were sixteen years and under when they had their first sexual experience.  This may not seem so shocking or unexpected, but by breaking these statistics down in age and gender, we can definitely see a noticeable difference over the past thirty years.

Only seventeen percent of teenagers in sixties were having sex, which is eleven percent lower than the teenagers today. It may not seem like a huge jump, however the rise of STIs and STDS have also risen amongst sexually active teenagers.  These details definitely suggests prevention projects need to happen to fight the rise of chlamydia and teenage pregnancy since so many more teenagers are sexually active.

It’s important to realize the dangers of having unprotected sex in this day and age and so many more teenagers are at risk.  With so many diseases being spread around due to so many hormonal teens’ desires, it’s vital to keep teenagers educated about the risks and consequences that can come from not being informed about sexual diseases.


About the Author

Paul Abbey
Author Image

Paul Abbey has a Masters Degree in Sexual Health from the University of Sydney in Australia. He has authored several self-help novels and has been a guest speaker in four Continents and many different cities from around the world. At, Abbey is the leading authority in human sexuality and he strives to help shape the dating community into a more relevant and understanding place for both men and women.