The double standard in how society views sexual activity between the genders begins early. A new study from Pennsylvania State University, looking at almost 1,000 teens between the ages of 11 years old and 16 years old, found that girls who became sexually active would lose friends, while their male peers who had sex would gain friends. On the other hand, “only” making out (and not having sex) would result in girls gaining friends and boys losing them. According to researcher Derek Kreager, these findings highlight the double standard, where girls are rewarded for modest behavior by their social network but punished when they have sex early on, while the opposite is true for boys. Despite the correlation, the study researchers caution that having sex doesn’t necessarily mean an increase or loss in friends, as other factors might have played a role as well, and their findings should not be extrapolated to the general population, as this study mainly focused on sexually precocious children.
Read the full story at Business Insider U.K..