These developmental shifts, research suggests, are some of the factors driving the increase in sexual "hookups," or uncommitted sexual encounters, part of a popular cultural change that has infiltrated the lives of emerging adults throughout the Western world.
Hookups are becoming more engrained in popular culture, reflecting both evolved sexual predilections and changing social and sexual scripts.
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People are marrying and beginning families at ages later than previous generations while becoming sexually mature at an earlier age.
As a result, Garcia and other scholars argue that young adults are able to reproduce physiologically but are not psychologically or socially ready to 'settle down' and begin a family.
While many European countries have long used frank or even provocative public health messages to raise awareness, America has been slower to shed its long-held inhibitions—especially regarding the need for direct, candid sexual health education.
In this presidential election year, many young Americans will turn 18 and exercise their right to vote for the first time.
“In this presidential election year, many young Americans will turn 18 and exercise their right to vote for the first time.The “America Grow Up” campaign begins with the iconic imagery of a timeworn American flag inspired by artist Jasper Johns’s Flag that represents a nation that, over more than two centuries, has withstood countless challenges to become the great nation it is today.