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August 16, 2013

Where’s All this Abstinence Coming From?

More high schoolers are abstaining from sex. Do we know why? For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

According to a new report, only 6% of teens have had sex by the time they’re 15. That’s down from 13% from the same report last year. In the last 20 years, teen fatherhood has dropped 36%. These are all good things. Chaste teens tend to fare better in a whole range of areas. But before we break out in celebration, we need to think about the impact of pornography.

My friend Sean McDowell frequently writes and speaks on why pornography is destructive. He points out that Porn use rewires our brains in a way that makes us worse at actual human relationships in the future. And, porn users are more likely to be promiscuous later on in life and to participate in infidelity which, of course, tears families apart. We should be glad teens are having less sex. But intercourse before marriage isn’t the only way to do permanent sexual damage.

Come to, and I’ll link you to these reports and Sean McDowell’s work about pornography. I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

Most high school students are currently abstinent
Leslie Grimard | | August 5, 2013

Facts on American Teens’ Sexual and Reproductive Health
Guttmacher Institute | June 2013

The Social Costs of Pornography
Sean McDowell | October 17, 2011

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