Older Virgins Might Have Happier Relationships but There’s Bad News Too

old coupleIf you were a so-called "late bloomer", you might have been doing something right. A new study out of the University of Texas claims that men and women who lose their virginity after the age of 20 are more likely to have happier relationships later on in life. The research compiled data from over 1,600 people and found that those who waited to have sex were also, evidently, able to wait for the right person to settle down with, and thus ended up in happier relationships than those who had sex before they turned 20.

But it's not all good news for the "late bloomers", as it were.

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Although they typically have more education and better careers than those who had sex as teenagers, they're decidedly less likely to get married than those who first had intercourse between the ages of 15 and 19. That's not necessarily bad news since, you know, marriage isn't the end all, be all of happiness, but many people do aspire to find someone to grow old with, so it may be somewhat of a downer to those looking to eventually settle down.

That said, having sex early on in adolescence can be potentially harmful to a teen -- the same research suggests that those who "learn scripts for intimate relationships while they're still teenagers" are possibly at a disadvantage to those who waited, and " accrued cognitive and emotional maturity" in adulthood.

Bottom line? Waiting to have sex is never really a bad idea. Doing it later in life doesn't make you some freak. On the contrary, it makes you smart, and it may even give you a leg up on long-term happiness. Who knew?

How old were you when you lost your virginity?


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