Many young people indicate that being
sexually active leads to less happiness, especially in the long run.
extensive survey (conducted by the Associated press and MTV) of more
than 100 questions was asked of 1,280 people ages 13-24 regarding
the general nature of happiness among America's young people. On
issues of sexuality, the survey showed that being sexually active
actually leads to less happiness among 13-17 year olds. For those
who are aged 18-24, the survey showed that sex might lead to more
happiness in the moment, but not in general. Some results of the
survey proved to be very disconcerting. While 72% of whites said
they were happy with life in general, just 56% of blacks and 51% of
Hispanics said the same about their lives. Lastly, 62% of those
surveyed said they think they will be happier in the future than
they are now (those over 18 years of age were more optimistic).
However, many anticipate a more difficult life than their parents
Associated Press-MTV Poll Conducted by Knowledge Networks,
Associated Press, April 16-23, 2007, pp. 1-81.
Family Ties Key to Happy Kids, Associated Press, Fox News,
August 19, 2007