I’ve been doing a little reading about dating/not dating. Like I told you yesterday, it’s an area we’ll be discussing with our boys this year.
The other day I came across some statistics I wanted to share.
From the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (2007 study)
Teens continue to say that parents most influence
their decisions about sex.
Most teens (64%) say they share their parents’
values about sex.
Most sexually experienced teens (60%)
wish they had waited longer to have
Fully 75% of teens do not think it is
embarrassing for teens to admit they are
About half of teens (48%) say they have
never thought about what their life would
be like if they got someone or were pregnant as
From the Centers for Disease Control
47% of all teens 9-12th grade have had sex, and 62% of all graduating seniors have had sex.
From Josh McDowell’s “Handbook on Counseling Youth”, a study in 1996 of 2400 teens from Utah State University and Brigham Young University:
91% of girls who begin dating at age 12 lose their virginity before graduation
56% at age 13
53% at age 14
40% at age 15
20% at age 16
How old were you when you began dating? Do/will your views on dating change on your watch?