Teenagers of Average Intelligence Most Likely to Experiment with Sex

Teenagers who are either above or below average intelligence are more likely to remain virgins, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill.

Dr. Richard Udry and his associate Mariah Cheng are conducting a long-term longitudinal study of teenage sexuality that began in 1994. Their newest findings are similar to those from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Teenagers whose IQs fell in the average range of 70 to 110 were the most likely to have had sexual intercourse. For example, 40% of boys with averages IQs had sexual experience compared to less than 30% of boys with IQs over 110. Among teens with below average IQs, 63% of boys and 82% of girls were virgins.