Teens Who Masturbate Are More Likely To Have Sex

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New study reveals that teen boys masturbate more and earlier: Surprise, right?

Teen boys masturbate more than teen girls and start touching themselves at younger ages, according to a new study of 800 teens by National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior. You're shocked, right?

The NSSHB study analyzed 2009 data taken from girls and boys ages 14 to 17 and was published yesterday in the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. With parental/guardian permission, the teens shared how often they had masturbated in the past three months, past year, and throughout their lifetimes.

 

Teen boys masturbate more often than teen girls, both overall and within each time frame. Three quarters of teen boys polled had rubbed one out, while less than half of teen girls had. Teen boys said they masturbated about twice a week, while teen girls only masturbated a few times a year. 

The study also found that teens who masturbate are also more likely to engage in sexual behavior with a partner, as well as use condoms. Generally speaking, this makes sense: a female or male teenager who is open-minded enough to have sex with themselves seems likely to have an interest in fooling around with others and doing it safely.

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