Clearly, baby boomers didn't need hookup apps. A new study, published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior and reported by Time, reveals that though millennials are more tolerant of premarital sex than previous generations (58 percent in 2012 versus 28 percent in 1974), their parents and, in some cases, grandparents actually got it on a lot more.
In fact, people born in the 1950s and 1960s, had the most sexual partners—an average of 11—of all groups surveyed, while millennials only had an average of eight sexual partners. (Note: Those from the "Greatest Generation" only had an average of two partners.)
"Millennials have never known a world where premarital sex was a taboo. But although they're more tolerant of these behaviors, they're not taking that as license to sleep around," said lead author Jean Twenge. She adds: One reason might be an increased awareness about HIV and STDs, not an issue of morality.
And despite mom and dad's friskier past, "sex talks" between the generations are probably still pretty awkward said Twenge, who also wrote the book Generation Me. "What you might see when millennials are discussing these issues with their boomer parents is that millennials are more permissive of sexuality, but boomers might have to shut their mouths about how many partners they've had."
This article appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.