survey of young people in Shanghai has revealed some rather interesting statistics about the sex lives of Chinese teens… or alleged lack thereof.
The survey from the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences asked nearly 2,000 local teenagers about their attitudes to sex with around 60 percent of them calling sex a “beautiful” thing but most claiming that they weren’t having any of it.
More specifically, just 40.6 percent of college students said that they had been kissed and 13.7 percent said they had sex. Those percentages then go down to 24.9 percent and 8.3 percent for high school students.
Despite the lack of action, when compared with a similar survey from 1999, kids these days are considerably more open towards sex than those of two decades ago. For instance, only 26.6 percent of boys in 1999 said that sex before marriage was ok if the couple were in love. That’s now up to 54.2 percent.
Still, only 25.4 percent of respondents said they would kiss on a date and just 14.6 percent said they would have sex.
Of course, it’s entirely possible that these teens aren’t being entirely truthful. While cohabitation and premarital sex used to be major taboos in China, research indicates that Chinese young people are now catching back up with the rest of the world in the bedroom.
A 2016 survey found that Chinese teenagers born after 1994 were losing their virginity at the average age of 17. In another one from the same year, 10 percent of female college students admitted to having at least one abortion.