According to the , “traditional dating in college has mostly gone the way of the landline, replaced by ‘hooking up.’” With women outnumbering men on most college campuses, we are told, women can’t attain the long-term relationships they want, because there aren’t enough men to go around.
Men, “as the minority, hold more power in the sexual marketplace,” and they use it to promote a culture of casual sex on campus.
A full half of all men and 46.5 percent of women reported engaging in drinking (defined as 4 or more drinks for women and 5 or more for men) during or right before the hookup.
Students who were binge drinking (male as well as female) faced a higher risk of sexual assault.
And even when sex was consensual, each additional drink during or right before a hookup was associated with lower sexual enjoyment from the hookup for both men and women.
Other recent research confirms that women in particular are more likely to feel discontented with their hookups when they drink beforehand.
Instead of going out on dates, young adults are supposedly meeting up at their homes to “Netflix and chill” or hooking up at big parties, then moving on to the next in a long series of casual sex partners.
This is said to harm their chance of entering long-term romantic partnerships. We recently analyzed a survey of over 24,000 college students, collected at 22 colleges and universities around the United States between 20, and found that reports of the death of dating are greatly exaggerated.
In other words a majority of hookups did not end with sex, and more than two-thirds of students who did have sex during hookups used a condom.
Students who had sex on dates also used condoms two-thirds of the time, but since only 22 percent of dates included sex, that meant that only 7 percent of all dates included unprotected sex.