"I think the culture we live in leads to this idea that there could always be someone else out there, so we don't want to get attached to anyone," he says.
"We don't want to actually let ourselves fall for anyone because what if someone else better is out there?
The generation ahead us is fluent in technology; those now-teenagers were raised on it.
But Millennials live in two worlds: one that didn't need the Internet to fall in love, and one that almost requires it.
Millennials might actually be a cautious bunch in general, less inclined to take risks: Last year, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that young people these days are far less likely to use drugs, abuse alcohol, and use tobacco.
But in a contradictory report, a common theme among data available about Millennials, the CDC found that STD rates are at an all-time high among young people, which seems to refute that we're better educated about safe sex and more careful in general.
At first, she welcomed the emotional vulnerability between the two of them.
They got close quickly, but after a couple months she began to push him away, until she ghosted him completely.
But perhaps we're so misunderstood by society-at-large because even Millennials themselves haven't quite decided what we want."This study really contradicts the widespread notion that Millennials are the 'hookup' generation, which is popularized by dating apps like Tinder," Dr. His study found that 11 percent of 20- to 24-year-olds born from 1980 to 1990 reported being sexually inactive.But for adults born in 1990 from 1996, that percentage jumped to 15 percent. Sherman says, that's a dramatic difference – but he also clarifies that that doesn't mean Millennials are practicing abstinence, either.After all, the other 85 percent of these younger Millennials are having sex. Sherman has a couple theories about why an increasing number of young adults are reporting that they're sexually inactive.What might be different with this generation is that the majority of Millennials received sex-education (87 percent), and grew up with an awareness, and a fear, of the AIDS epidemic, making us more hesitant when it comes to sexual encounters.Pew found that only 5 percent of Americans who are married or in a long-term relationship met their partner online.As much as Millennials share online, they still don't trust it to find love.This is an era of experimentation for young people as they try to have it all: their obsession with the Internet and their desire for intimacy.If you're single, struggling to reconcile the distance that the Internet somehow both creates and closes between potential partners, how better to avoid the social awkwardness of face-to-face interactions and assuage the fear of rejection than by sliding into some hot girl's DMs, comfortable in the illusion of a personal conversation without actually having one?Despite that confusion, the caricature of the commitment-phobic, sex-starved, Tinder-obsessed, strictly-a-casual-dater Millennial had to come from somewhere, and the Internet is probably to blame: Most Millennials project an outgoing version of ourselves on social media that we're too cautious to actually live out in reality. With that camaraderie comes a lessening of the shame that the generations before ours felt about sex.The language of social media is that of openness, and most Millennials (90 percent of us, according to Pew) use it, often publicizing our personal lives – including the intimate details of our sexual encounters. Our desires are no longer strange; we feel free to discuss all of our preoccupations with sex and dating, no matter how unusual or potentially embarrassing.