Do as I say, not as I do, right?
Apparently so, at least according to a survey the Boston Globe describes as the biggest one to detail sexual practices in over fifteen years. Data gathered by Indiana University indicates that nearly eighty percent of all sexually active boys between the ages of 14 and 17 are using condoms. Which means these young bucks are smarter than their single-dad counterparts, as the same study reports that males in older age groups use condoms at a much lower rate.
The good news is that children are picking up on our oft repeated message — the one that emphasizes the importance of safe sex. The bad news is that grown-ups don’t seem to practice what they preach on the matter. Only one in three sexual encounters between single adults involves the use of condoms.
And while that double standard might be alarming, by no means was it the most alarming element of this study. This tidbit was: Of the 5,865 people polled, some were as old as 94. Ew. Personally? I’d be good if they capped the next one at say, 80. Or 75, maybe.
(Somewhat inappropriate) joking aside, in a day and age when parents take their role more seriously than ever, I find it odd that many of those same parents would categorize the valuable messages they dispense as nothing more than platitudes which apply only to their children — not to them. Sadly, that seems to be exactly what’s going on. At least when it comes to messages about safe sex. Let’s hope the same cannot be said of the messages pertaining to other important issues such as drinking and driving or drug use.
Am I the only one who’s surprised by this? Because I honestly would have never thought that teenagers are more responsible when it comes to practicing safe sex than adults.