According to the National Center for Health Statistics, half of girls in college have had sex by their sophomore year. By age 20, more than 80% of college girls will have had sex with at least one man (and this statistic doesn’t even take into account lesbian and other female sexual encounters). What accounts for this difference between college men and women? And what can this tell us about their behavior beyond college? It turns out that it’s not just the sheer amount of hormones in the air that makes college girls more receptive to sex — there are three other key factors at work here as well.
The idea that college girls are more receptive to sex than other age groups is only partially true. Research shows that high school and college women have roughly the same amount of interest in sex, but there is an important distinction between the two groups. Women in high school may be more interested in casual sex because they fear they will never have a chance at it again while those in college may be more interested because they see it as a way to explore their sexuality without committing.
College Life Changes
The college lifestyle changes everything, including how often students have sex. The average number of sexual partners in high school is five, while the average number of sexual partners in college is 12. That’s because there are so many more opportunities for sex on a college campus. Sure, there may be more sexually transmitted infections (STIs) floating around on a college campus than elsewhere, but that doesn’t discourage students from having sex.
A study found that women with low self-esteem tended to be more receptive to sex. Women with high self-esteem were less likely to have sex than their less confident counterparts. One possible explanation is that sexually confident women might want sex for the pleasure of it, while low-self esteem women might need it as a validation of their attractiveness.
Practice Makes Perfect
The more sex a girl has, the less she is likely to be interested in it. This is because of how the female body reacts to sex. The more times a woman has sex, the less satisfaction she will receive from it. Her vagina becomes looser and wider as time passes, which means that there’s a higher chance of something going wrong during sexual intercourse. Also, her clitoris will shrink over time if she has frequent intercourse.
Risk-Taking Behavior of Youth
Youth who engage in risky-taking behavior, such as experimenting with drugs and alcohol, are more likely to have unprotected sex. Studies have shown that youth who experiment with drugs and alcohol also report higher rates of sexual activity. This is due to a number of reasons, but one major factor is the suppression of inhibitions: when someone is intoxicated they may feel more inclined or willing to engage in risky behavior. It’s important for parents and educators alike to educate young people on the risks that come with having unprotected sex.