Is Group Sex a New Trend Among Teens?

by Thembi Ford

Concerns about teen sexting have recently been dismissed as nothing but tech-driven panic, but a new study suggests that group sex might be a legitimate trend among teenage girls.

Jezebel reports:

A new study conducted by the Boston University School of Public Health found that one in 13 girls ages 14 to 20 have engaged in “multi-person sex” (MPS). Of the 328 girls who had visitited Boston-area health clinics, 7.3 percent said they’d had group sex. Among the girls in that group, 45 percent said at least one male participant hadn’t used a condom, and the majority of the girls, “reported being pressured, threatened, coerced, or forced to participate in MPS at least once.” One third of the girls said they’d used alcohol or drugs during their last group sex experience, and half of those girls said they were forced to use the substances by their partner.

The study also found that among the girls who’d had group sex experience, their first such encounter was on average at age 15.6, and age that is significantly below what many studies have cited as the average age that teens become sexually active at all.

The study is rather small, so these numbers shouldn’t make us run around saying that 7% of teen girls have had group sex. The more troubling finding is that so many of them were having that sex under pressure, without protection, and under the influence of substances that were often forced upon them. Let’s hope that these findings and studies like it serve to help us educate young people and not misplace blame or shame them for their sexual histories.

What do you think of this study? Do these findings concern you?

  • QON

    “…and the majority of the girls, “reported being pressured, threatened, coerced, or forced to participate in MPS at least once.”

    I would like these terms to be qualified.

  • TS

    Sounds like rape to me.

  • ThatChick

    This seems questionable to me. People in general are not always honest when answering surveys, especially when it’s about something that makes them look ‘bad’. I’m thinking a 15 year old is more likely to say they participated in group sex because they were forced to or they were drunk rather than because they were curious or they wanted to.

  • Timcampi

    How is this a trend if the majority of them were coerced? That sounds like mass rape. This title bothers me… But you’re right, something needs to be done about it.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    black media could help by having stories that are about more then sex…….

  • d_nicegirl

    Questionable at best.

  • QON

    @TS

    The Devil is always in the details.

  • chanela

    can you blame them??? especially when there are articles promoting such things like for example “monogamy isnt the only way”… um yeah don’t get mad at them for listening and copying “grown folks”.

    soo many adults say ” you’re young! you don’t need commitment! just have fun and fool around. thats how you learn! by experimenting.” then you get mad and shocked when they follow that advice???

    imma need this site to quit contradicting themselves by trying to rally together and crying over STD rates increasing rapidly and morals disappearing, then in the same breath promote polygamy,casual sex, and prostitution. how does that even make sense?

  • Bisous

    I feel like my words are falling on deaf ears. EVERY time there is an article on here about people under the age of 21 it’s something negative. I’m a little uncomfortable with the heading of this article because there is still a large amount of teens who aren’t having had sex and who are alot more aware of the dangers to suggest that this kind of behavior is a “trend” is GROSSLY misinformed and misrepresented.

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