Some Christian news outlets are rejoicing at the recent study finding that Millennials are less sexually active than any other generation for the last 60 years. The perception by some is that this generation is experiencing a spontaneous outbreak of unusual moral fortitude.
Would that it were so. If you read the reports, the reasons Millennials give for not being interested in sex is that they are not interested in relationship at all. Millennials appear to be so relationally broken that they would prefer to play video games, obsess over work, and dabble in porn rather than engage in any form of intimate relationship (not just sex) hardly counts as a win for our side. Rampant divorce, parental serial monogamy, an epidemic of absentee fathers, and households led by dual-parent workaholics. have killed this generation’s most basic, God-given desire for communion. It’s a nightmare.
Is It Porn?
Some commenters have suggested that this is the result of the porn epidemic. That certainly doesn’t help, but that misses the larger point. Under normal circumstances, even people who have a seriously compulsive relationship with porn historically indicated that a real relationship with a flesh and blood person would be preferable. That isn’t the case with man Millennials. The problem is much deeper.