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Brainpower Beats Sex Urge

Smarter teens delay sexual activity

How often have you heard the phrase: "The most important sex organ is the brain"? Apparently, the brain has its own ideas about the right age to start getting involved in sexual activities, research shows.

According to the March 2000 issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill surveyed 100 teen-age boys and more than 200 teen-age girls. The higher the intelligence of the teens, the poll revealed, the less likely they were to begin sexual relations at an early age.

Regardless of whether they were boys or girls, the more intelligent students were also less likely to kiss, or to engage in any other type of sexual activity.

The authors wrote, "Higher intelligence operates as a protective factor against early sexual activity during adolescence..."

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