By the Editorial Board. Hookup culture is the pervasive norm of relationships in our generation, particularly on college campuses--or so it seems. In reality though, students are not hooking up more than they ever have, according to a study on the standards of campus hookup culture, and whether it is as widespread as it seems. In fact, the whole idea of hookup culture is more mythical than one might think.
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While the perceived notion of U. Media reports characterize the college experience by "a new and pervasive hookup culture in which students regularly have sex with no strings attached," said study co-author and Martin Monto, a sociology professor at the University of Portland. Monto and his team used a nationally representative sample of more than 1, to year-olds in college, taken from the General Social Survey. Then they compared responses from with those from , an era often described by a "hookup culture," he said. Among the cohort, Also, In terms of attitudes toward other sexual norms, the researchers found that contemporary university students were no more accepting than those in the earlier cohort of sex between the ages of 14 and 16, married adults having affairs, or premarital sex between adults.
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According to a new study from Florida Atlantic University, the Millennial "hookup culture" myth of obsessively swiping right may be just that — a myth. The Millennial generation includes people born between and The new study, published Tuesday in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, finds that younger Millennials — those born in the early s and sometimes referred to as "the Snapchat Generation" — are 41 percent more likely to be sexually inactive than their Millennial peers born in the s and more than twice as likely to be sexually inactive in their early 20s than s-born Generation X'ers. The team analyzed data from more than 26, respondents to the General Social Survey, a nationally representative survey of U.
The phrase "hookup culture" has been employed in hundreds of think pieces throughout the past decade to illustrate everything from millennial selfishness to the " dating apocalypse " to women's empowerment to women's disempowerment. Many of these discussions operate off the assumptions that casual sex is ubiquitous and relationships are rare on campuses, and that men drive hookup culture while women acquiesce under pressure. In her new book American Hookup , out this week, Lisa Wade, an associate professor of sociology at Occidental College, challenges these myths and others to paint a more complete picture of sex in college. Using surveys and interviews with students on campuses around the country, Wade demonstrates how gender, race, and class come into play within hookup culture. Though hookups are often described as a habit of college students in general, she finds that hookup culture is primarily driven by white, wealthy, heterosexual students.