While reading Gregg Easterbrook’s article on ESPN today I noticed this (emphasis mine):
Amy Schalet, a professor at the University of Massachusetts, sees evidence of an evolving take-your-time attitude about sex among those of high school and college age. The National Center for Health Statistics recently found that in 1988, 51 percent of girls and women aged 19 or below were sexually experienced; the fraction has steadily declined, to 43 percent in 2010. Sexual experience for boys and men aged 19 or below declined from 60 percent in 1988 to 42 percent in 2010.
If those numbers are accurate, there’s a huge difference between reality of sex and the way the media portrays it.