Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Armando Barragan



This research study aims to examine the sex practices of Millennials vs. Gen Z's. There are many concerns and questions about the long-term effects of hook-up culture for modern youth. In the last few years, there has been a rise in STDs and a decrease in teenage pregnancy. This quantitative research intends to find out where are education gaps are and the most significant motivators for young people to use protection and contraceptives through a list of questions in a survey. The goal is to understand better the similarities and differences between Millenials and Gen-Z's safe sex education and safe sex habits.

The survey consisted of twenty questions about the participants' safe sex education and safe sex practices; the questions were yes and no and multiple choice. The study participants were sixty percent Millennials and thirty percent Gen Z., Almost thirty percent of the participants described their gender as male. Sixty percent described their gender as female. There were significant findings that Gen Z was more likely to use two forms of contraception and protection against STDs during sex than Millennials. Millennials reported a higher percentage of unplanned pregnancies than Gen Z. Millennials registered a higher percentage of STDs history in their past. An interesting finding is that white participants were more likely than black participants to use condoms and other forms of protection. The current research shows higher incidents of new STDs among AA/ Black young adults, and there is a need for outreach and education targeting these populations.