While being a classroom teacher in China, I kept in mind that every seven seconds, those boys were not thinking about English grammar but scantily dressed Victoria Secret models. Honestly, how could a power point presentation on diphthongs possible compete with butt thongs?
But that popular seven second stat has about as much validity as Big Foot.
According to an article in Psychology Today, men think of sex anywhere between 1-388 times a day, which is far less than the popular stat.
The onset of smart phones has changed intimacy with teens. Portable porn for some has made the statistic go up; texting for others has replaced face to face communication.
The 2013 movie DonJon deals with an internet porn addiction. And yes I watched it. In China, you watch any and everything english you can get your hands on.
But in Japan, boys and girls aren’t thinking of sex at all.
The avoidance of human intimacy in Japan hasn’t helped their negative birth rate. According to the Japan Family Planning Association 45% of females aged 16-24 “were not interested in or despised sexual contact”.
So, are American urban teens “turning Japanese”?
According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, teen pregnancy is on the decline in the America. That’s because of our abstinence programs provided by secular resources. They include websites and programming giving teens an insight into what motherhood is all about. It’s also due to better birth control. Condoms are more readily available and or because teens are in an intimate relationships with their electronic and uh, battery operated devices?
Personally, I think it’s because of Cinnabons, where fantasizing about a hot fudge sundae has taken priority s to fantasizing about the classroom stud or prom queen. Sweat suits, McBellies and Butt crack don’t do much for one’s libido.
However, I am wrong. According to a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics, obese teens are just as likely to engage in high risk behaviors as their slimmer classmates.
Anyway, regardless of what the researchers in white lab coats say, teen parent support groups is the cornerstone of today’s urban youth programs.
If you want resources to navigate through this issue, you can check out Life After Birth, as endorsed by Urban Ministry.org.
Or, take a youth Leader pregnancy test yourself.