According to anthropologists that are paid to speculate about these trends: Everyone is busy and focused on what they have to do to get ahead in their professional lives, so millennials like to cut to chase and get the physical lovin' out of the way before actually going on a date. via USA Today:
While the rule of thumb may have been wait to have sex until a third date, 34% of singles have had sex before a first date, and Millennials are 48% more likely to have sex before a first date than all other generations of singles, according to the annual Singles in America survey, funded by Dallas-based dating service Match and conducted by Research Now.
Millennials especially are unencumbered by fears that may have held people back from having sex in the past, says Helen Fisher a biological anthropologist and chief scientific adviser to Match, who helped develop the representative survey of more than 5,000 singles.
“We have a real misunderstanding of Millennials,” she said. “I think they are very career oriented, so sex before the first date could be a sex interview, where they want to know if they want to spend time with this person.”
Also discovered a major turn-off for millennials in the study: Cracked phone screens.
Oh, and that cracked phone you’re waiting to upgrade? Time to lose it, according to Fisher.
“Singles don’t like people who have a cracked phone, or an old phone or those who use a clicking sound when typing,” she says, citing the survey. “I think we will see more of these taboos as singles are leading the way in expressing new forms of politeness in the technological era.”