It used to be that sex before marriage was taboo. But now, it seems, it’s the norm to have sex before even going on a date.
Young people are more likely to have sex before going on a date as a way to size up a potential partner, according to a study
It found that 18-34-year-olds are 48 per cent more likely to get into bed with somebody before going for dinner or a drink than all other generations.
And nearly a third use sex as a litmus test for whether or not they love somebody.
Young people are so busy that they want to jump to sex first as you ‘learn a lot between the sheets’, according to the survey of 5,500 people of all ages by dating service match.com
Millennials – those born between the 1980s and 2000 – are also increasingly using Internet dating apps to meet people, which is fuelling the rise in ‘hookup culture’ rather than dating.
Men were three times more likely than women to say one-night stands are useful because they can lead to a relationship and love. They were also twice as likely to say they have used them to find a long-term partner.
One possible reason for the trend is that Millennials are under so much pressure to get married.
People aged 18-34 were 177 per cent more likely than those of other generations to feel like they had to marry, the study found.
Some 54 per cent of Millennial singles say that they feel pressure because they want family and kids while 50 per cent feel pressure to make their parents happy.
The study was carried out by dating service Match.com of 5,500 people of all ages.
It revealed that 57 per cent of millennials feel lonely, even though they are 125 percent more likely than other generations to admit they’re ‘addicted’ to finding true love.