Study: College Students Aren't Having More Sex

By Murphy, Katy | The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV), August 14, 2013 | Go to article overview

Study: College Students Aren't Having More Sex


Murphy, Katy, The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV)


They may be more frank about their sexual adventures - and have many more ways to share those stories with the world - but college students today aren't having any more sex than they were in the '80s and '90s, according to a new study. Tales of a new, no-strings- attached "hookup culture" on college campuses - as seen on the anonymous "UC Berkeley hookups" Facebook page - are mostly exaggerated, the analysis found.

Young adults in the past decade had no more partners and sex no more often than those surveyed 10 or 20 years earlier, said Martin Monto, a University of Portland sociologist, whose study, "A new standard of sexual behavior?" was released Tuesday.

"I am not surprised, to be honest, that the numbers haven't changed," said Elisabeth Bahadori, a University of California, Berkeley, student who writes for the campus newspaper's Sex on Tuesday column. "I think the media overhypes how sexualized college students are."

It's easy to see how colorful anecdotal accounts might trump the statistics; online forums contain an abundance of steamy material that was largely private a generation ago.

"To the guy who gave me the best study break of my life in between the bookshelves at Main Stacks - you rock my world," wrote one poster to the anonymous, open "UC Berkeley hookups" site on Facebook. "I'll be needing you again sometime this week. Call me ;- )"

Bahadori says students in her generation are more aware of their sexuality and less constricted by "old-school values."

"I think people are trying to deal with their sex lives from a more honest place, and I think that's admirable," she said.

The hookup culture so fascinated a former Stanford professor that in 2005 she surveyed students on campus about their relationships.

She discovered that hookups, rather than dates, often led to exclusive relationships. …

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