(RNS) With their “True Love Waits” jewelry
, conferences and T-shirts, Christians may be the face of the abstinence movement, but Muslims and Hindus are more likely to abstain from premarital sex.
That's the conclusion of a new study in the American Sociological Review
, which also found that Muslims and Hindus -- at least in the developing world -- are more likely than Christians and Jews to refrain from extramarital sex.
As for extramarital sex, 4 percent of Jews reported having sex outside of marriage, compared to 3 percent of Christians. Less than one percent each of Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists reported having extramarital sex.
"In many countries around the world -- but in Muslim countries specifically, there’s just much less interaction between the sexes," said Adamczyk. "It’s just going to be much less likely that they’re going to meet a potentially romantic partner.”