Thursday, January 28, 2010

College Students & the Hook Up

The following is taken from the Ivy Jungle Network Campus Ministry Update, December 2009:

Hook-Up Gender Gap: "That men and women pursue sex for different reasons is not a new discovery – women are looking for love and men are looking for, well, sex. In the current hook up culture, however, the benefit is clearly for the guys – sex without relationship. Some sociologists suggest that the current love affair with the Twilight series among young women may in fact be a reaction to the hook up culture; a fantasy of love without sex. Kaltheene Bogle, author of Hooking Up: Sex, Dating, and Relationships on Campus states that most students perceive the hook up culture on campus to be even worse than it is. Nationally, about 25% of college students remain virgins. Among the 78% of students who reported hook ups at one university in the study, only 38% included intercourse. For many college women today, they feel that without a level of easy sexual activity, they may never find a boyfriend. Guys are ok with that, often enjoying the hook up and not calling back. Given the 5:4 ratio of women to men on campus, the competition favors the guys as well."
(Chicago Tribune November 29, 2009)

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