Millennials are faster than the past generation. This is the well known fact to all, but when it comes to life partners, they have fewer sexual partners than the early Gen Xers. According to the study by San Diego State University, baby boomers and early Gen Xers have had the most sexual partners at an average of 11" followed by those born in the 1940s or 1970s, who averaged about 10 partners. Also millennials born in the 1980s and 1990s have an average of eight partners.
This was proved by study conducted by the researchers at San Diego State University. The survey was conducted on more than 33, 000 US adults taken between 1972 and 2012. They found substantial generational shifts in attitudes toward non-marital romance and number of sexual partners.
"The changes are primarily due to generation gap, suggesting people develop their sexual attitudes while young, rather than everyone of all ages changing at the same time," said lead researchers Jean M. Twenge. She found that acceptance of same-romance sexual relations more than tripled from 13 percent in 1990 to 44 percent in 2012. "Millennials are more accepting of premarital romance than any previous generation, yet have had fewer sexual partners than GenX'ers. This is consistent with their image as a tolerant, individualistic generation accepting others' choices and making their own".
The shifts in sexual attitudes and behaviours are linked to growing cultural individualism. The results were published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.