Being a teenager kind of sucks. With the exception of being the class president, a sports star, or a mean girl, it’s six years of awful self-doubt and trying endlessly to fit in. No one seems to have it worse though than the virgins who can’t give it away. However, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows they may benefit the most in the long run.
According to a report by the CDC released back in August, teen virgins follow health patterns beyond having sex that benefits them years after they finally give away their v-card.
Teenagers who are sexually active with members of the opposite sex are more likely to not wear seatbelts (by 143 percent). They’re more likely to get in a car with a drunk driver (94 percent). They experience physical violence from someone they’ve been dating (260 percent). On top of that, sexually active teens are more likely to smoke (3,300 percent), binge drink (337 percent), try pot (336 percent), inject an illegal drug (500 percent), dealt with depression (48 percent), tried tanning beds (282 percent), and get into physical altercations (133 percent) than their peers who remained virgins.
On the other hand, sexually active gay and bisexual teens were even at greater risks for all those hazardous living conditions. They were 317 percent more likely not to use a seat belt, 115 percent more likely to get in a car with a drunk driver, and 683 percent more likely to be attacked by someone they were dating. Also, gay and bisexual teens are more likely to smoke (9,500 percent), binge drink (375 percent), try pot (483 percent), inject illegal drugs (2,333 percent), tackle depression (181 percent), use tanning beds (364 percent), and get into physical altercations (187 percent) than virgins.
There’s probably dozens of variants as to why teenage virgins maintain better lifestyle choices other than keeping it in their pants.
It’s possible that some aren’t popular in the early years of life and aren’t in the circles of people that do drugs, smoke, and binge drink. Feeling that they have no chance of being in the inner circle of popular kids, they feel no peer pressure to try any of those substances.
Another possibility is that parents who are more engaged and strict with their children push them from away from hazardous lifestyle choices.
The fact that gay and bisexual teens also engage in riskier behaviors is also alarming. LGBTQ teenagers are freer than ever to discuss their sexuality, but still feel inclined to participate in dangerous activities both in and out of the bedroom should be distressing.
Given that science hasn’t been able to prove that there’s a gay gene or a whore gene might indicate that nurture, good parenting, positive outlets, and keeping it in your pants may do more to help teens in the long run.