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Today’s Issue:

  • “American teenagers and young adults are having less sex” than previous generations, Kate Julian writes in The Atlantic’s December cover story, contributing to what she calls “The Sex Recession.”
  • Today we’re sharing a few key takeaways from Kate’s research. The Masthead team interviewed Kate about her research. Listen to our conversation here, or read about it below.
  • Our interview with Kate left us with a few open questions. The Masthead team will be following up and expanding on her research over the next couple of weeks.

The Top 5 Reasons Young People Are Having Less Sex

By Caroline Kitchener

“This problem has no single source,” Kate Julian writes. Instead, a vast array of social, cultural, and technological factors are combining to reduce young people’s sex drives. Of those, there are roughly five leading contenders.

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