We might be stretching for a cause here

Teenage pregnancy rates have almost halved since the birth of social media as a global phenomenon, official figures show.

My own best guess is that social media isn’t the cause here. Because I’m sure I’ve seen that teenage STD rates have risen: so it’s not teens fiddling with their phones rather than each other leading to the drop in pregnancies.

15 thoughts on “We might be stretching for a cause here”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    They have not locked enough footballers up yet?

    It is that f**king Rolf Harris isn’t it? Clearly a god damned one man sexual Tyrannosaurus.

  2. Bloke in Germany in Japan

    I agree with the appropriately-named “John”. Most likely to be better access to and awareness of contraception. Perhaps state schooling has achieved something!

  3. If the rate of teen pregancy has only fallen in the UK, then yes we can point to UK-specific causes (footballers, coils, schooling, whatever). But falling teen pregnancy rates are a global phenomenon, so local factors are more easily discounted.

  4. Teenage pregnancy rates have almost halved since Sheffield United were relegated from the Premiership, official figures show.

  5. Surely it’s because teenage boys watch hardcore porn on their mobiles from the age of nine; so rarely ejaculate anywhere near a vagina?

  6. It’s interesting how the Establishment these days seem to think the internet is just “social media”. They seem to think it starts at Facebook and ends at Twitter, via Instagram.

    If there is a correlation, a better hypothesis would be access to porn, leading to young people being more sexually aware and knowledgable than previous generations. There is this bizarre idea that “innocence” is a virtue and we should preserve it in the young. Innocence is ignorance and naivete. Innocent people get into situations they don’t understand, and cannot react effectively.

    So, my speculation would be that teen pregnancies (do these include 18 and 19 year olds, by the way?) have fallen due to access to knowledge provided by the internet, because knowledge is power. And knowledge includes being able to see how ’tis done.

    That or the relegation of Sheffield United.

  7. Teen pregnancies falling and so the native population hence the need to import breeders.
    It is not by chance that fertility is high in the young.

  8. Bloke in Germany in Hong Kong

    Real sex is just so passe these days. I mean, it’s what your parents did. Ugh.

  9. Bloke in Germany in Hong Kong

    @john malpas,

    It is remarkable how the right can simultaneously moan about the youth having too much sex and the youth not having enough sex.

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