A new report just came out from the Centers for Disease Control (Report here) and once again confirms the biblical view of sexuality. Russ Douthat has a summary in his NY Times op ed here. Most important is that people who follow a biblical view of sexuality are the most happy folk. Douthat says that another study confirms this:
. . . two sociologists, Mark Regnerus and Jeremy Uecker, in their recent book, â€œPremarital Sex in America.â€ Their research, which looks at sexual behavior among contemporary young adults, finds a significant correlation between sexual restraint and emotional well-being, between monogamy and happiness â€” and between promiscuity and depression.
This correlation is much stronger for women than for men. Female emotional well-being seems to be tightly bound to sexual stability â€” which may help explain why overall female happiness has actually drifted downward since the sexual revolution.
Among the young people Regnerus and Uecker studied, the happiest women were those with a current sexual partner and only one or two partners in their lifetime. Virgins were almost as happy, though not quite, and then a young womanâ€™s likelihood of depression rose steadily as her number of partners climbed and the present stability of her sex life diminished.
The point isnâ€™t that we should aspire to some Arcadia of perfect chastity. Rather, itâ€™s that a high sexual ideal can shape how quickly and casually people pair off, even when they arenâ€™t living up to its exacting demands. The ultimate goal is a sexual culture that makes it easier for young people to achieve romantic happiness â€” by encouraging them to wait a little longer, choose more carefully and judge their sex lives against a strong moral standard.
The other thing from the study is that American sexual behavior is actually improving: In 2002 22 percent of Americans ages 15-24 were virgin. But in 2008 that number rose to 28%. Thatâ€™s still a depressingly small number, but it is an encouraging direction.
So the church has a lot of work to do.