College Students, It's Time to End Hookup Culture
Donna Freitas says most are tired of it anway
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2013 9:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – The hookup culture that makes casual sex so common on college campuses these days might well disappear—if only the students themselves were honest with each other about it, writes Donna Freitas in the Washington Post. After eight years of research, she argues that most students either don't like the "hypersexuality" or are at best ambivalent about it. And forget the idea of chalking it up to healthy sexual experimentation—at this point, the opposite is true: "When students are expected to hook up with lots of people, doing so becomes dutiful, not daring."

As a result, those who partake often end up "emotionally dulled or depressed about sexual intimacy and romance." Students privately pine for old-fashioned dates, so much so that Freitas often had to resist the urge to bust out of researcher mode and encourage her interviewees to ask out somebody they liked. "Today, sexual experimentation might be getting to know someone before having sex, holding out for dates and courtship focused on romance rather than sex," she writes. "From where I sit, meeting a student confident enough to say she’s not hooking up and is proud about that is as experimental as it gets." Click for the full column.

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Mar 30, 2013 9:49 PM CDT
Condoms do not stop the spread of STD's. With bacteria becoming more and more resistant to antibiotics it would probably be a good idea to start promoting monogamous relationships. Is a single night of grabbing some bobbies worth suffering for the rest of your life?
Mar 30, 2013 8:09 PM CDT
Most good sex is in healthy, monogamous relationships - not one night stands - which lets be honest tend to be awkward, rushed and drunken affairs.
Mar 30, 2013 2:18 PM CDT
People want to suck the pleasure out of everything.