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Compared to other groups with similar numbers, people who wait until marriage to have sex are a pretty under-discussed minority in the United States.There is much discussion about whether it’s “right” to wait, whether to educate people on waiting, etc., but not much is said (or studied) about the in the US who actually wait.
Three percent of the US population may seem like a small number, but that represents nearly 10,000,000 waiters-till-marriage.That’s ten million people (alive right now in the US alone) who waited, found love, got married, then had sex for the first time after they were married.If you also include people who wait for a while but don’t wait all the way until marriage, then the percentage goes up even higher.For example, 11% of modern 25-year-olds have not had premarital sex.If you include higher ages, then the percentage goes down to the 3% number.Naturally, religious people seem more likely to wait until marriage to have sex.
In a study of 9 Southern Babtist churches in Texas (it doesn’t get much more conservative than that), 20% of the church members aged 25 or younger were married without ever having premarital sex.
Side note: There is a lot of research showing that religion is good at helping people commit more strongly to things than they would otherwise.
To give you some perspective: About 4% of the US population is gay.
Think about how many gay people you’ve seen in your life.
That’s about how many waiters-till-marriage there are.
Regrettably, we’re not as easy to identify as gay people are (studies have shown that people can determine sexual orientation just by looking at faces), which leaves many waiters feeling much more alone than they deserve to.