We were surprised to find this is not the case.” So, the science (at least so far) does not support the commonly held belief that Millennials are part of a “hook-up culture.” Instead, the data indicate that college students are hooking up, but that this has been true of college culture for decades.
Why Does The Perception of the “Hook-Up Generation” Exist?
Similarly, when men and women stated they were specifically looking for a long-term partner, both would rather date than hook up.
The science here suggests that the perception that college students would rather hook-up is simply wrong. As part of the same study, researchers asked college students about the types of relationships they were actually having, hook-ups or first dates.
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The answer: Students reported having twice as many hook-ups as first dates over the past 2 years.
Though this statistic sounds shocking, it is important to realize that first dates are more likely to turn into committed relationships and thus greatly limits the number of other first dates that person could have over that time period.
Everyone is talking about “hook up culture” in 2018, in part because dating apps like Tinder make the process of sex with strangers easy, and more mainstream than ever.
But, how hook ups impact men and women, and what people want from them, have sometimes been unclear.