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Forty Percent Of Aussie Adults Aged 18 To 24 Haven't Had Sex

Forty Percent Of Aussie Adults Aged 18 To 24 Haven't Had Sex

When you're going through your teenage years, it's very natural to experiment with yourself.

Once you get comfortable with what you do and don't like then usually the next step is to do things with a consensual partner. But it appears that young adults in Australia are bucking that trend.

New research from the Australia Talks survey has revealed that 40 per cent of those quizzed, who were aged between 18 and 24, hadn't had sex before. A further 15 per cent of people in that age category admitted to only having sex once a month.

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That's a far cry from the 30 per cent of people aged 40 to 49, who were sleeping with someone once a month. The best performing category was those in their 30s, with two thirds getting down and dirty at least once every 30 days.

While millennials couldn't be better placed to hook up, it seems like technology has actually hindered some people's foray into horizontal dancing.

Sydney sex therapist Susan Tuckwell has warned that dating apps like Tinder and Grindr as well as pornography are doing more harm than good.

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It sounds kind of silly to think an app that can connect you with whomever is near you would stop you from having sex, but Susan says just because you have loads of options doesn't mean you can land a bedroom partner.

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"They are sitting on their devices getting a little bit titillated but for some reason when it comes to making direct human contact its too anxiety producing," she told the Daily Telegraph.

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Sexologist Jacqueline Hellyer added: "Communicating with potential dates via text means young adults are missing out on tone, body language and human contact that comes with meeting in real life."

Pornography is also causing people to be self-conscious about their looks because they don't resemble what they see in adult films.

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If you've watched porn before (and you probably have, let's be honest), you'll know that loads of the actors are either ripped with large schlongs or petite with large breasts.

Obviously that's a stereotype but it's what mainstream porn usually presents.

Ms Hellyer said: "I asked one client what she thought sex was and she said it was two beautiful people having intercourse, another said if she was having sex she felt like a camera was looking at her.

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"The ideal woman is meant to look like a breast feeding mum up from the waist up and a pre-pubescent child from the waist down."

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Topics: News, Sex and Relationships, Interesting, Australia

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Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.