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If you're a young person who's a virgin and are convinced you're the odd one out among all your friends who are out having sex every night, then you might want to think again.

That's because new research reveals that most Millennials actually aren't indulging in intercourse at all - because many of them still haven't done it for the first time.

The survey was carried out as part of the Next Steps project, which was started by the Department for Education in 2004 and is now managed by University College London.

It's been tracking 16,000 people born between 1989 and 1990 since they were 14, and recently conducted interviews with them about all things involving relationships and sex.

Perhaps surprisingly, it was discovered that Millennials are waiting longer to lose their virginity than their predecessors from other generations did, with one in eight still virgins at 26.

Spokesperson Susanna Abse, who's a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, told the Sunday Times that this could partly be down to today's young people having been brought up in a hypersexual culture.

"The women are always up for it with beautiful hard bodies and the men have permanent erections. That is daunting to young people. The fear for young men is of being humiliated that they can't live up to that, plus the fear of exposure in your Facebook group," she explained.

Rather than making them want to be at it like rabbits too, this exposure to sex in marketing, media and porn actually has the effect of making the inexperienced fear intimacy - and, it seems, has created a new cultural phenomenon of abstaining, even if it is temporarily.

A number of famous faces have recently revealed the age at which they lost their virginity and while some were alarmingly young, others stuck to their guns and popped their cherry much later in life.

Jimmy Carr, for example, said on BBC Radio 4 that he was 26, while Victoria's Secret lingerie model Adriana Lima remained a virgin until she got married at 27.

Sean Connery, meanwhile, reckons he was eight. Of course, there's probably no way of proving that, but we're not buying it nonetheless.

As for all the hype about Millennials staying virgins longer, we still say that you should ignore it and do what's best for you. As long as you're clued up on safe sex, above the age of consent and, most important of all, feel ready, then lose your virginity at whatever age you like.

The aim is for a fun and positive experience, not to collate an age comparison chart with your friends - what do you think?