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“We do see a decrease, but it’s not huge,” says Monto.
“And part of that can be accounted for by a change in age of marriage.” (MORE: Looking for Love: College Students May Prefer Relationship Sex to Casual Hookups) The research involved data on nearly 2,000 people from the General Social Survey, a nationally representative survey that asks a wide range of questions and has been carried out since 1972.
Despite racy headlines suggesting that college kids are increasingly choosing casual liaisons over serious relationships, a new study presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association finds that just under one-third of college students have had more than one partner in the past year.
And that’s exactly the same proportion of students who were surveyed between 1988 and ’96, and between 2002 and ’10; both groups also had the same number of partners.
That means that it’s not clear whether what Bogle has labeled as hookup culture is really different from what the “one-night stand” or “making out” seen on past campuses as something that may or may not lead to further intimacy.
Haven’t college students of any era always had similar struggles with getting partners to commit to more-serious relationships?
So kids aren’t hooking up more than they ever were, or even more than their parents did, which is what recent media coverage has implied.
“College students today are not having more sexual partners [after] age 18, more sexual partners over the last year or more sex than their parents,” says the study’s lead author Martin Monto, professor of sociology at the University of Portland in Oregon.
(MORE: What Everyone’s Getting Wrong About the Ivy League Hookup Culture) Of course, much of the debate revolves around the definition of — a term both researchers acknowledge is deliberately ambiguous and can encompass everything from just kissing to intercourse.
Indeed, 77% of students said that they’d had a regular partner or spouse in the 2000s, compared with 85% in the earlier generation.
In other words, today as in the past, most students having sex are still doing so in the context of some type of ongoing relationship.
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