Remember that awkward time a few years ago when a bunch of teenage girls thought it would be cool and fun to have babies and made a “pregnancy pact,” not realizing that being a mom is actually a huge responsibility that can’t be shoved onto someone else when you’re tired or have to finish your algebra homework? Yeah, that was weird. Even back then, when I was around that age, I knew it was stupid. The last thing I wanted at that age was to be taking care of a smaller child while I was still a small child. At the same time, I was also curious about sex. That’s why I got on the pill as soon as possible, and here I am, six years later, childless and very much happy about it.
Teenagers are stupid sometimes, but it looks like they’re getting smarter — at least about sex. According to a new study, the rate of teenage pregnancy has plummeted in recent years. Between 2007 and 2012, the number of new mothers aged 15 to 19 years old dropped 5.6 percent, while at the same time, sexual activity among teenagers increased. Authors note the increased use of “effective” contraception methods like the IUD and the pill as the reason for this shift. 2007 studies show that 78 percent of sexually active teen girls used at least one type of birth control, and five years later, that figure shot up to 86 percent.
I’m, like, Regina George’s mom level proud at teenagers in America right now. They’ve got it all figured out. They found a way to have sex, like every other generation of teenagers has done for the past fifty years, and also not have to go to their senior prom with a baby bump. They get to have their cake and eat it too. They’re being smart about their dumb mistakes — dumb mistakes that we all made when we were that age.
As proud as I am, I also can’t hide the fact that I’m a little bit jealous. The kids now have it all. They’re in the best shape of their lives, their boobs are new and perky and haven’t yet felt the full effects of gravity, AND they’re getting laid all the time? Not fair. .
[via Daily Mail]