Ah, young love. So sweet, so charming and... not quite so innocent. It seems plenty of youthful couples are dropping the ball in the monogamy department. If recent research is any indication, they may need to be schooled on the true meaning of an exclusive relationship.
According to OregonLive.com, Oregon State University studied 434 heterosexual couples between the ages of 18 and 25 and gathered a few statistics on monogamy—or lack thereof. The information is taken from the PARTNERS Project, which is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the research it turned out that 40 percent of the time, only one partner had agreed to be in a "sexually exclusive" relationship. The other partner apparently said something along the lines of "Whoa, wait. That wasn't the deal!" The Surprising Link Between Monogamy and Getting Drunk
Clearly these young pairs need to be taught better communication skills as well.
To make matters worse, previous studies have proven that condom use tends to drop as pairs become more intimate and exclusive over time. (We now use the word exclusive loosely, obviously.) The OSU research says that these duos aren't making the monogamous boundaries of their relationships very clear. Among those in the pool who had agreed to be completely exclusive with their partners, almost 30 percent slipped up and had sex outside the relationship, opening up the door for STDs. Even married couples are having this problem, though we would have assumed that monogamy after tying the knot shouldn't have to be stated and is sort of a given. Apparently not? Should We Give Up On Monogamy?
The lead researchers of the study concluded that young guys and girls are pretty poor judges when it comes to assessing each other's risk behaviors while in a relationship.
Sounds like it. Guess they're a little blinded by puppy love, eh?