Hookup Culture Is a Myth
Students today having same amount of sex as earlier generation
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2013 10:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – You know the whole hookup culture of casual sex that's so prevalent on college campuses? Turns out, it's not so prevalent. Or at least, no more prevalent than in an earlier generation, a new study suggests. The key stat: About one-third of college students have had more than one sexual partner in the last year—the same as those surveyed between 1988 and 1996, reports Time. “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 a sociology professor at the University of Oregon that led the study.

Some other findings, from Yahoo News:

  • 77% of today's students reported having a "spouse or regular sex partner," down from 85% in the earlier group. So, yes, a decline in regular partners, but it's still true that most students are having sex as part of a relationship.
  • Fewer contemporary students report having sex weekly or more often (59%) compared to the earlier group (65%).
  • About the same number of modern students (50.5%) say they have had more than two sex partners since turning 18 as the earlier group (51.7%).
Click for one writer's full-throated agreement that hookup culture does not exist.

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Aug 14, 2013 7:33 PM CDT
How about pizza? Are they eating more or less pizza?
Aug 13, 2013 3:41 PM CDT
This wasn't only a study of female students, but you would think it was based on some of the comments below. Nice to see nothing has changed, some guys are still f**ked up when it comes to sex, or accepting that women have just as much of an appetite for it as they do. Oh and if a woman acts on that, she's a complete slut. Guys, you're making me feel like it's 1982 in 6th grade. Please, grow up.
Aug 13, 2013 3:07 PM CDT
Don't forget about the "Newspeak Syndrome" so prevalent in todays society. If you want to make it acceptable, redefine what it is. You take a sexual activity that you enjoy, redefine it so it has no sexual connection, get your friends to agree to the new definition and wha-la. You're no longer having sex. Also, count all your sexual partners you never new the names of as a single partner and Ta-Da! You're monogamous! And then you have your "born again virgins". Don't forget, our ex-President William Clinton and uncountable numbers of high school and college girls still think oral copulation is NOT sex. Keep that in mind when your daughters mysteriously contract an STD........of the throat!