Episode 58: The Sex Lives of College Students

October 29, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

What do the sex lives of college students today look like? And how have they changed over time? I spoke with a sex educator who has amassed more than 30 years’ worth of data from students taking her university human sexuality courses. In total, she surveyed nearly 7,000 students and has obtained unique insights into how everything from kink to faking orgasms to condom use has changed since the 1990s.

My guest today is Dr. Sandra Caron, a Professor of Family Relations and Human Sexuality at the University of Maine. She is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator and a licensed therapist. Her latest book is titled The Sex Lives of College Students.

Some of the topics we explore in this episode include:

  • Has the rise of abstinence-only sex education affected the age at which young people start having sex?
  • What is the average number of sexual partners a college student has?
  • Why are fake orgasms on the rise among both college men and women alike?
  • Are college students masturbating more today than they were in the past?
  • Have college students gotten kinkier over time?
  • How have same-sex behavior and sexual identity changed among young people?
  • Are college students today taking more sexual risks or are they practicing safer sex?

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller
Founder & Owner of Sex and Psychology

Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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