Meeting and Mating

A recent survey on Premarital Sex in America: How Young Americans Meet, Mate, and Think About Marriage exploded these popular myths:

  • long-term exclusivity is a fiction.
  • the introduction of sex is necessary in order to sustain a fledging or struggling relationship.
  • the sexual double standard is inherently wrong and must be resisted by any means.
  • boys will be boys. That is, men can’t be expected to abide by the sexual terms that women may wish to set.
  • porn won’t affect your relationships.
  • everyone else is having more fun than you are.
  • sex need not mean anything.
  • marriage can always wait.
  • moving in together is definitely a step toward marriage.
  • It seems like the Bible’s guidelines for sex in marriage are not so old fashioned after all.