A new nationwide look at data on masturbation among U.S. adolescents finds that boys do it much more often than girls, and they also tend to start earlier.
With parental permission, the NSSHB survey asked both male and female adolescents (as well as their adult guardians) to recall how often they had masturbated over the prior three months, over the past year, and over the course of their lifetime. Those polled were also asked how often they masturbated alone versus with a sexual partner. Condom use was also noted.
The results: boys were found to masturbate more often than girls, both overall and across all measured time frames.
U.S. News & World Report, August 1st 2011
Of all the important questions facing adolescents today our federal government approved a research grant to discover that?
What other “important research questions” might we tackle next?
- What percentage of middle school boys want to dance with middle school girls at the school dance but are too afraid to make the first move?
- Do 15 year old high school students want to see the driving age raised to 18 years old?
- Do students like dress codes?
All joking aside, the trivial nature of these studies only acts as a reinforcement of the overarching stereotype. While there is plenty of wonderful research taking place around the country these headlines unintentionally communicate a message that adolescents aren’t important in our society, that they aren’t worthy of serious research, that they aren’t to be taken seriously, and that the people who invest their lives into educating, mentoring, and ministering to them aren’t to be taken seriously either.
Question: If you had the opportunity to sit on a grant approving board what would be some research questions in the field of adolescence that you’d fund?