Many in our world today would find their lives much more fulfilling and less full of sorrow if they heeded Solomon's words in Song of Songs 2:7b, "Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires." We live in an age of sexual experimentation when young people are encouraged to enjoy sexuality when they feel they're ready to handle it. And so with the pressures of peers, the examples of Hollywood, and the presence of raging hormones, teenagers begin experimenting with sex at young ages. They are taking something that is very good in the proper context and are using it in an improper context where it carries deep consequences. The obvious bias of my writing is that I come from a Christian worldview wherein I believe that God created the world and desires a relationship with His crowning creation: humanity. That being said (and I realize that I'm opening myself up to those who disagree), sexuality was created for a specific relationship – husband and wife. Taken outside of that context, it is no longer good. It's just like fire in a fireplace. Fire great when it's in the fireplace, but when it's on the living room carpet, it's a problem.
Think about it like this, you can never get an STI (or STD or VD… whatever you want to call it) when you share a monogamous relationship with one person who also shares a monogamous relationship with just you. It simply doesn't happen. Or how about this: prostitutes have more sexual activity than probably anyone else. Are they happy? I know all kinds of people who have been hurt through sexual relationships with others, but I don't know a single person who was hurt by choosing not to have a sexual relationship. Perhaps we would be wise to realize that God created sexuality for the context of a marriage. Do not awaken love until the proper time. Once it is awakened, you cannot put it back to sleep.