Oxford University Press's
Academic Insights for the Thinking World

Love and sex: perspectives from emerging adults

Attitudes towards love, sex, sexuality, and gender have changed rapidly over the last decade. What role do emerging adults play in this phenomenon? Are they really more open-minded than the previous generations — or more at risk?

Whether it’s Internet dating, dating across cultures, or same-sex marriage, people in this new life stage are marked by a greater openness to sex and sexuality. However, while many emerging adults are sexually active, they are often not taking precautions and risk not only pregnancy, but sexually transmitted infections. Moreover, many in this life stage don’t select their sexual partners based on seeking future marriage partners, and sexual intercourse no longer requires emotional involvement with the other party. With data from the new edition of Jeffrey Jensen Arnett’s Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens Through the Twenties, we present this infographic on emerging adults’ attitudes towards love and sex.


Download the pdf or jpg of the infographic.

Headline image credit: Group of young men and women enjoying at nightclub. © GlobalStock via iStock.

Recent Comments

There are currently no comments.