75% of American high school students have sex before the age of 17.
72% had sex during or before the age of 15. Of those cases, only 42% have had sex with .
only one person, so far (Time 63). In this decade of AIDS and the "me" era, when more .
people put off pregnancy longer and longer, why do some many people take the risk of .
exposing themselves to either? Statistics show that 13% of these young people never use .
birth control, and 26% use it only sometimes (Time 64). Why then, do people take such .
risks with their futures and their lives? why has sexual activity run rampant? Perhaps .
some of the reasons for sex among teens are not so easily seen being teenagers, many .
feel betrayed by their parents and look for affection and understanding elsewhere, and .
they would do anything for that feeling of love and acceptance. "Teens aren't looking for .
sex, they are looking for love, acceptance, and security" (Christianity Today 28). Other .
suffer from low self-esteem and feel dependent on having sexual relationships in order to .
define themselves. Still others find themselves weak under pressure and don't have the .
courage or the strength to simply say no. .
When asked, the students themselves replied to the following reasons: .
Girls Reasons Boys .
80% They were curious and wanted to experiment 76% .
58% They wanted to be more popular/impress their friends 58% .
63% They were in love. 50% .
65% They were underose they were dating. 35% .
Perhaps one of the most notable causes to the reasons behind teen behavior is the .
"it can't happen to me" syndrome. In the video The Power of Choice: Sex, high school .