‘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.
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.”
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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.
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