Teens becoming desensitized to sex

Jerry Weichman, PhD, explains what's going on behind the scenes with teens and sexual intimacy and how they're becoming desensitized to sex.
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Teens becoming desensitized to sex

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What's going on behind the scenes with teens and sexual intimacy is, they have a tier system. Right now, what happens is, you can go from just "hooking up" -- Kids love to just hook up, which is, typically, making out with someone. Then what will happen is, the next tier up from that is an exclusive hook up, which is just the two of you. You are not boyfriend and girlfriend. There's not a commitment, but you are not going to hook up with other kids. Outside of that, is you are official. That's when one person asks another person out. I think, additionally, what's happening behind the scenes is, that teens are becoming so desensitized to sex, as far as, they see it everywhere. It's not just on TV. It's online. It's talked about all around them. They begin to feel desensitized to the situation and the value of it. So I am seeing a lot of girls, especially, who are willing to have sex with someone, even if they don't care about them; just for the first time, just because it's what everybody does or it's not that big of a deal. It's just one of the steps she needs to get rid of on her way to adulthood.

Jerry Weichman, PhD, explains what's going on behind the scenes with teens and sexual intimacy and how they're becoming desensitized to sex.

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Jerry Weichman, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jerry Weichman is a licensed psychologist and adolescent specialist as well as an author, speaker and parenting expert. His clinical practice at Hoag Hospital's Neurosciences Institute in Newport Beach, California provides a window on contemporary teen and pre-teen behavior.

“Dr. Jerry” as his adolescent patients call him, is a young PhD who really relates to teens, speaks their lingo and has felt their pain. Author of the teen survival guide, How to Deal, and noted media expert on teen issues, Dr. Jerry is focused on helping teens cope with parents, teachers, friends and academic pressure, communicating with them in a way they understand to help successfully navigate the dramas and pressures of adolescence.

Dr. Jerry's popular speeches, lectures and seminars have presented assemblies of students, teachers, parents and administrators with practical approaches on how today’s teens can overcome the trials and tribulations of growing up, from coping with bullying to meeting parental academic expectations to walking away from drugs and other self-destructive behaviors. Jerry also sits on the board of directors for the Bullying Prevention Initiative of California and just recently sat on an expert panel for a screening of the documentary Bully.

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