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Teenagers most likely to ask Google for information about sex

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More than one third of teenagers go to Google for information on sexual health, new research reveals. This might have something to do with the fact that 76% of teenagers also never received ‘the talk’ from their parents.

The birds and the bees isn’t the only subject not being discussed; 71% of 18-21 year olds don’t think they were educated properly on sex and sexual health topics during their education. Plus, around two-thirds of them still feel like they’re unsure about some elements relating to STI’s, STD’s, birth control and more.

In an effort to find out more about young Britons’ attitudes regarding sexual health, online pharmaceutical company www.MedExpress.co.uk conducted a study. The research revealed the different methods used by teens to learn about important aspects of sexual health.

Aside from the often relied upon Google, 25% of teenagers acquire information about sexual health topics from their friends, 19% from their older siblings, while 7% learn the most through school and only 9% from their parents.

Mums and dads also proved to be an important part of the study; 1,357 of them were asked why they think ‘the talk’ doesn’t happen as often nowadays. Ironically enough, the majority of them responded that they assume Google answers everything that curious teens need to know about.

However, more than three-quarters of the students polled said that they would have appreciated their parents actually giving them ‘the talk’ before they felt they had to resort to internet searching. Michael Ross, spokesperson for MedExpress.co.uk commented on these figures, saying:

“It is terribly troubling to hear that teenagers in the modern day are not being taught about sexual health by someone they know, like their parents, and are instead turning to Google. Although Google is amazing for curious adults, answers to such important health questions can be troubling to young minds, in the wrong context.”

Interestingly enough, 62% of the parents in the study said that they had received ‘the talk’, as well as any other knowledge about sex from their own parents, and at an average age of 15 years old. Meanwhile, there are currently hundreds of 18-21-year-old young adults who still have questions on the subject.

In fact, 17% of parents expect schools to educate their children on sexual health and answer their inquiries, and to that Ross says:

“Don’t expect the school to do everything for you as many do have inadequate sexual health classes.”




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