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For Young People, Sexual Trends Have Changed

For Young People, Sexual Trends Have ChangedClothing, hair styles, and music trends change for young people, and new research suggests that sexual practices do, too.

Scientists recently analyzed the results of three versions of the National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles, completed in 1990-1991, 1999-2001, and 2010-2012 by over 45,000 people in Britain. For this study, the researchers focused on results from 4,449 men and 5,470 women between the ages of 16 and 24.

The study concentrated on heterosexual relationships, as there were not enough data to analyze same-sex experiences.

For respondents who had had sex within the previous year, vaginal and oral sex were the most common activities. During the 1990-1991 survey cycle, one in ten men and women had had vaginal, oral, or anal sex. By the 2010-2012 period, this rose to about one in four men and one in five women.

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