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When should women lose their virginity? 21, says Charleston

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – When is the right time to lose your virginity? For Charleston's women, that answer is 21 years old, according to a survey done by a sugar daddy dating website.

According to SeekingArrangement.com, 56 percent of Charleston women surveyed said 21 is the ideal "lucky number." That number is almost four years later than the most common response given by women in other cities.

The website conducted a national study of more than 77,000 women in 24 major U.S. cities and found that women in Charleston generally wait longer than the national average of 17.4 years to lose their virginity.

What's more, 1 in 5 women in Charleston are still waiting for "the one," the study reports.

The survey shows that online dating and social networking is women's biggest reason for retaining their virginity; 74 percent of the 77,000 women surveyed said that was their reason. Another 18 percent of female respondents said they were waiting for marriage to have sex. Religion and culture rounded out the reasons, the website reports.

"The modern woman is much less idealistic—many realize that marriage doesn't always end in bliss, so they date often and carefully," said Brandon Wade, CEO and Founder of SeekingArrangement.com. "Our study, which is the largest of its kind, proves that virgins do exist, and many now use online dating as a resource to find that special someone."

The survey was done to find a relationship between online dating and sexual activity. The website said online dating generally increases casual dating and sex, but also increases selectiveness among people who are still virgins.

"Many women regret losing their virginity to a loser," said Wade. "Virginity is something special that should be cherished for someone special, and online dating offers another avenue to find that perfect person."

Meanwhile, studies show that teen pregnancy is a serious problem in the state. According to Carolina Teen Health, 3 in 10 girls will be pregnant before the age of 20.

The group says a girl between the ages of 10 and 19 gets pregnant every 49 minutes, adding that the top reason girls drop out of school is because they have become parents.

New numbers released this year show South Carolina's teen pregnancy rate have dropped for the fourth year in a row, but the state remains among the top for teen pregnancy.

According to SC Campaign, teen births cost taxpayers in South Carolina $197 million dollars annually. Seventy-two percent of teen births in the state are teenagers 18 and 19 years old.

For the latest on state and county numbers visit: http://www.teenpregnancysc.org/.

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