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If you thought that today s young men were well-informed and well-educated when it came to sex, then you maybe wrong! According to one study, young men want a better standard of sex education than they get.
Researchers investigating how young men and women learn about sex found that young people want to receive more information about sex and relationships from their parents.
The terrain young people have to navigate as they are growing up has changed considerably over the past 20 years and it will inevitably continue to do so, said study author Clare Tanton. Read about why sex education is the need of the hour.
This means that while we need a more structured approach towards sex and relationship education, we must also be able to adapt to these changing needs, Tanton added.
The researchers also identified differences between how men and women learn about sex and relationships.
The two studies utilised data from the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-3) - the largest scientific study of its kind in the UK.
All participants involved in the studies were between 16 and 24 years of age.
The researchers found that, when growing up, the main source of information about sexual matters is now the school, having risen from 28 percent in 1990 to 40 percent in 2012.
Parents were the main source of information for just 7 percent of men and 14 percent of women, and health professionals for only 1 percent of men and 3 percent of women.
In contrast, around half of the participants of both genders reported obtaining the bulk of their information from other sources - sources deemed to be less authoritative, such as siblings, Internet and pornography. Read about why you shouldn't watch too much porn.
These findings, however, conflict with what the young people participating in the study wanted.
When asked for their preferred source of additional information, young people most commonly reported school, followed by parents and health professionals, said study author Wendy Macdowall.
The findings appeared in the journal BMJ Open.
Is pornography an ideal source of sex education?
The average 12 to 15 year-old boy and girl are able to watch hardcore pornography on their laptops or smart phones. In the absence of credible sex education, we have turned over the education of our young to the producers of pornography because porn is the only voice that s speaking to them about the sexual matters that they are interested in. And as you probably know, in pornography, there is no communication or concern about women s sexual pleasure. In pornography, a man s pants come off and the woman instantly has desire for him and she is instantly pleased by whatever he wants to do with her body. That is not how the real world works,' said Dr Paul Joannides, who is the author of The Guide to Getting it On.
With inputs from ANI
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