Let's Kill This "Hookup Culture" Talk Once and For All

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About a month ago, the New York Times published a story about the role of the young woman in "hookup culture." It came off forced and a bit stale, so University of Portland professor Martin A. Monto decided to put an end to the notion that young folks are having more reckless, carefree sex today than previous generations. 

According to a new study, there is “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.” Surveys of young people who had finished at least a year of college between 1988 and 1996 was compared to that of 2002 to 2010, and Monto found that the younger group did not report having more sex with more people than the older one did. Furthermore, they were less likely to have sex at least once a week.

Monto says that attitudes aren't "all that different" than they were during the '80s. According to him, the only thing that's changed is the frequency with which "hookup culture" is mentioned. It only appeared in about five articles between 2000 and 2006; in contrast, it appeared in 84 between 2007 and 2013. So people are basically speaking it to existence.

The article also points out the ambiguity of the term "hookup," something that's left many a youngster puzzled for years.

The other difference is that young adults are less likely to be married or have a regular sexual partner than they were in the past. So, just like that, the misconception that "hookup culture" is more prevalent and widely accepted was put to rest. Thank you.

[via The Chronicle of Higher Education]

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