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Chinese losing their virginity at younger age, survey suggests

PUBLISHED : Monday, 11 January, 2016, 12:49pm
UPDATED : Monday, 11 January, 2016, 3:32pm

A survey on relationships and marriage in China has suggested that young people are losing their virginity at a younger age, mainland media reported.

The average age for teenagers born after 1995 to have sex for the first time was 17, compared to 22 for those born in the 1980s, the survey said, according to reports in the Bejing Times and Guangzhou Daily.

 The survey was conducted by Peking University’s social survey studies centre and a commercial dating website and polled 80,000 people in 34 locations across China, including Hong Kong and Macau. The study was carried out over two months last year.

The study suggested that the average age for a person in China to first get married was 27.

The average age for divorce was between 28 and 30.

The poll said more than half of marriages broke down due to infidelity .

About 51 per cent of people polled had met their first love before they were 18.

  For those born after 1995, their average age to first experience puppy love was about 12.

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The study also found only about 20 per cent of people polled born in the 1970s were using contraceptives.

About 40 per cent of those born between 1985 and 1994 use birth control measures.

The figure falls to 35 per cent for people born in or after 1995, the survey said.