College students not necessarily having more sex

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - True or false?

"The younger the generation, the more sex they have."

Mostly false.

Still, Kathy Lovetre says she was nervous the day she dropped her daughter off at Florida State.

"Probably a ten on a scale of zero to ten," said Lovetre. "The drive home was not fun."

But there she was, an eighteen-year-old away from home for the first time, though not without "the" talk.

"I'm a labor and delivery nurse for twenty some-odd years. When I would come home from work, I had story after story of different experiences that may have developed that made me think, I'm going to talk to my daughter," said Lovetre.

But her daughter's generation isn't necessarily doing more of *it*.

Between 2002 and 2010, around 59 percent of 18-hundred students surveyed by the University of Portland had weekly sex, compared to about 65 percent in 1985.

Sex therapist and author Maureen Whelihan says students - especially women - feel more comfortable saying no.

"Over the years, we have empowered our women to embrace sex, to take it when you want it, but don't give it up if you don't want it. Girls today are very confident," said Whelihan.

But campus coupling has changed.

The rate of students reporting casual sex has gone from 35 percent to 44.

Whelihan, who is also an OB-GYN, has news that might calm a parent's nerves.

"It's my teenagers and twenties that use condoms pretty much consistently/It's my forty year-olds who are divorced and who are hooking up again who don't use condoms," said Whelihan.

She blames the hookup culture in part on an explosion of internet porn.

More reason, Lovetre says, the need to communicate has gone up faster than the rate of one-night-stands.

"It's never going to be a standstill, you're always learning new things, developing new things, kids are always going away to college," said Lovetre.

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