A recently released summary reviews the social science research over the past twenty years and reveals a strong correlation between premarital sexual activity and a significantly elevated risk of marital infidelity and divorce on later marriage.
The researchers say, “Science is now showing us what our grandmothers and pastors knew all along. Having sex with someone who is not our spouse can have a real, measurable, and harmful impact upon later relationships.
“When we give ourselves away – and sex is a full giving of ourselves away physically, emotionally, spiritually – to someone outside the commitment and protection of marriage, it breaks down an important part of us, making our future relationships more unhealthy and difficult to sustain.
“Young adults have a right to know about this sort of empirical information because of its very real potential impact on their later, most-important relationships.”