Say what you want about social media, but apparently it’s keeping teens from getting pregnant.
Experts say Snapchat, and other social media apps like Facebook and Instagram, are proving to be the next best contraceptive as teen pregnancies hit record low.
Basically, by being glued to their phones, teenagers are less likely to go out and meet actual people. and instead they’re carrying out their relationships online. Which means they’re a whole lot less likely to get down and dirty and ultimately, pregnant.
And the statistics are pretty conclusive, too. According to the Office for National Statistics, the rate of pregnancies among under 18s in England and Wales has dropped by nearly 50 per cent since 2007 – the year social media made its global boom, some may argue.
So thanks to our phones, teen pregnancies now stand at the lowest level since records began almost 50 years ago.
Claire Murphy, director of external affairs at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, told The Sun:
If a tablet is providing sufficient entertainment at home they may be less likely to go out and find themselves in the kinds of situations which can lead to unwanted pregnancy.
Sounds pretty accurate given the new asocial generation that social media is moulding.
There are no figures to show whether this trend continues when people become old enough to go on Tinder, though…