According to research from the Archives of Sexual Behaviour, millennials – those of us born between the mid-80s and 90s – are significantly less likely to have sex than our Generation X counterparts. Some 15% of people born in the 1990s report that they have had no sexual partners since the age of 18, compared with 6% of people born two decades earlier when they were in the same age group.
Of course millennials don’t have sex, they’re far too busy catching Pokémon, or sharing selfies on Snapchat. But I don’t think this is a laughing matter. There has been so much hysterical handwringing about how damaged and deviant we would become as the first generation to grow up with porn in our pockets. Collectively we’re still very anxious about the “sexting epidemic”. Of course it’s worrying that children are pressing each other to send sexually explicit images, but I think the greatest tragedy is that the sex we manage to have rarely goes beyond a screen.