My millennial Google Alert didn't come through this morning, but if it had, I'd have been attacked with some generational Doom & Gloom. Apparently millennials aren't having sex, or they're not having enough sex, or even when they've having sex their partner is so useless they're better off ghosting and spending several months eating bagels alone while binge-watching Bojack Horseman, not that anyone's ever done that! (Please don't send this post to my mom or my exes).

Anyway, according to a new study published today in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, millennials between the ages of 20 to 24 are more than twice as likely to have had no sexual partners since they turned 18 than GenX’ers, with 15 percent of people born in the 1990s staying celibate as opposed to 6 percent of those born in the 1960s. Indeed, millennials overall have had fewer sexual partners than both baby boomers and GenX'ers, and women especially seem to be banging fewer people than their older counterparts.

Experts are attributing a number of things to this decline in Young People Sexy Time. Millennials grew up in a world ravaged by AIDS, for one thing. Young people are living with their parents longer, making it difficult to get alone time with a potential partner, for another. Everyone uses looks-based apps like Tinder, which both sets unrealistic, shallow expectations and screws over those who aren't particularly photogenic. We're postponing adulthood, and thereby postponing adult activities. And then, of course, there's all the technology and Netflix streaming options and Pokemon games that keep distracting us from finding the kind of "deep romantic relationships" folks once formed by giving strangers blowjobs in bar bathrooms.

There's another explanation, too, particularly considering there are fewer sexually-active women—though the sexual revolution and advent of birth control gave them one kind of control over their bodies, increased attention on consent offers another kind. Sex isn't always good or fun or safe, and just because more women in the generations preceding millennials were having sex doesn't mean they enjoyed it or wanted to have it, and it's possible women feel more comfortable telling someone who's pressuring them to fuck off.

Note that there are plenty of millennials who are having sex. It's just that there are more young people who aren't as compared with older folks. It's also noteworthy that fewer millennials are very promiscuous, although some are—which is cool, too! Everyone's doing their own thing! No one should feel pressured to have sex if they don't want to, or to not have sex because their not-having-sex friends think it's gross, or to respond to a dumb scientific study trying to pinpoint exactly how and why millennials will be the downfall of humankind.

And remember that no matter how nonsexual a generation may seem, there's always someone in the bunch roleplaying as a toddler.