In high school, she and her friends were so focused on schoolwork that they did not date.
But as a freshman last year at George Washington University, she found that between meeting new friends, attending classes and participating in extracurricular activities, she still did not have time. but it seems like every other option is so time-consuming and very hard to seek out,” said Wolff, who has never had sex.
So has sex declined because people are not meeting in person? But online life can also affect offline life in more subtle ways, especially when potential mates can disappear forever with the swipe of a thumb.
“It ends up putting a lot of importance on physical appearance, and that, I think, is leaving out a large section of the population,” said Twenge, who teaches psychology at San Diego State University.
But fellow students are into “very casual one-night stands, going to bars and going home with someone,” she said.