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?

  • 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?

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