Teenage boys and young men may talk a lot about sex, but often the only ones listening are their peers.
Now, an online survey of 1,200 guys ages 15 to 22 gives them a clear voice.
And the girls are listening.
"Everybody thinks they just want to have sex — that it's all about getting it on," says Ann Shoket, editor in chief of Seventeen magazine, which commissioned the survey in partnership with the non-profit National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy for the magazine's March issue, out next week.
"They're not going to turn down some great hot hookup," Shoket says. "But at the same time, they're looking for some relationship."
Although the magazine's focus was on sexual respect, the online survey by TRU, a Chicago-based youth market research company, asked 42 questions about sex and relationships, including attitudes and sexual history. Of the 1,200 teen and young adult males who completed the survey in November, 300 each were ages 15-16, 17-18, 19-20 and 21-22.