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‘Hookup culture’ may be a myth

A new study shows how much sex contemporary college students are actually having. It’s less than you think.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Aug 14, 2013 6:46PM

Despite popular perception and films like “Spring Breakers,” not every college student is having wild no-strings-attached sex.

A new study presented at the American Sociological Association shows that the “hookup culture” storyline might be a myth and that college kids aren’t having any more sex than they did in the 1990s, reports The Atlantic Wire.

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In the study, Martin A. Monto, a professor of sociology at the University of Portland, compared national data on two pools of students who’d completed at least one year of college: the first from 1988 to 1996, the second the 2002 to 2010.

Monto found “no evidence of substantial changes in sexual behavior that would support the proposition that there is a new or pervasive ‘hookup culture’ among contemporary college students.”

More on Technobabble: Survey: Most not looking for casual sex online

So how much sex are contemporary college students having?  Fifty-nine percent say they have sex weekly or more often, and 32 percent say they’ve had sex with more than one person over the past year.

The biggest difference in modern sexual behavior is that students are more likely to get physical with friends or casual partners — think a "friends with benefits" type scenario, versus long-term companions.

Read the complete story on The Atlantic Wire.

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Aug 19, 2013 11:52PM
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I think this study is B.S. The writter of this article needs to get out more into the real world and perhaps go on the hundreds of dateng sites. He or she will find that hook-up, one night stands, without any kind of wanted committment is the norm in today's society. Fewer people are commited to marriage or to one person. Homosexuality is constantly on the rise with more people "coming out". I don't know where they have been or coming out from. The must have been self  inflected torture over years lying to themselves knowing that they were homosexuals. I know, I know they want to put the blame or make excuses that some members of society would not accept their life style. While that might be true their other more personal reasons that they didn't  come out before not. The writter of this article should actually go to Daytona beach, and other places where kids endulge themselves at Spring Break and see for him/her self before writing a article like this. Its all B.S. Hook-up, casual sex, is everywhere. Just stop open you eyes and see for yourself. You don' t need a study to tell you differently unless you are to blind to see or don't even believe your own eyes.
Aug 19, 2013 10:48PM
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They're picking the wrong demographic to study. Wait until women get out of college for a few years and they realize their pipe dream of marrying Mr. Doctor or Mr. Lawyer has gone by the wayside. And when they realize the degree they have in art history is worthless. Now it's time to hunker down & start putting out, or their phone will never ring. Then they hit their 30's and realize that sex can actually be fun and not just a manulative tool that their mothers taught them they can use to withhold from a guy to trick him into marrying her. College age people don't know jack sh*t about sex. It's the people in their 30's, 40's and over who are hooking up and having all of the fun.
Aug 19, 2013 5:07PM
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Pure BS.  Funny that Ashley Madison seems to be doing quite well.  As usual, an article written by someone that "fact checks" information written by other people that "fact check" a bunch of useless statistics.  Hopefully some day people will realize that internet research is utterly useless.
Aug 19, 2013 1:29PM
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The last person who knows what is going on any campus are the professors--they are rarely "on campus" except to collect their paychecks. TA's and visiting teachers actually see and interact with students.

The self-report studies on which the results are based are as accurate as baseball players claiming "clean living", or NFL players claiming "no harm, no felony". Reality defies the reports. 

The study does not mention "frat little sisters" (freshman girls who are kept high and inebriated and passed around fraternities routinely as group sex objects); they exist on many campuses. They are have sex more than their grandmothers...

Teenagers today, mostly because of ill founded social research studies such as these, are out of control, undisciplined and vastly age immature, not to mention poorly educated, focus impaired and without moral fiber. Cheating, lying and deception are SOP. So without a doubt, these studies are meaningless and reflect nothing except that which the social scientist (they are neither) professor sought to rationalize and support. 

Numerous Internet sites belie the results stated. If you went to sex ed class in grade school and high school, as required , would you be less or more torqued for action when away from home? Sex in grade school is common these days, despite what your child may say. It isn't by happenstance that reports of sex in HS are in the news regularly. Gotta love what the fed.gov has done with education.
Aug 19, 2013 12:04PM
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99% of American culture is more myth than reality.
Aug 16, 2013 3:33PM
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"Hookups" has always been around just under different names like "friends with benefits" or "booty call".
Aug 16, 2013 3:20PM
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Then where's all the herpes coming from?!?
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