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Why Are Young People Having Less Sex?

Justin Metz / Pablo Delcan / The Atlantic

Young people these days are having less and less sex. It’s actually kind of a problem, and the reasons behind the so-called sex recession aren’t all that wholesome.

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Something's up with young people. It used to be that we worried they were having too much sex too early. These days though, young adults are having less sex and launching their sex lives later. That might sound like a good thing, but the journalist Kate Julian warns that the reasons behind the decline in physical intimacy aren’t all that wholesome. And there's a lot of blame to go around, from helicopter parents, to smartphones and porn. Julian joins us to talk about what’s behind the sex recession.

Kate Julian is a senior editor at The Atlantic. Her article "The Sex Recession" is the cover story of the magazine's December issue.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.