Dating on campus

“Rather than two endpoints on a continuum, dating and hooking up may be better viewed as two sides of the same coin,” Luff, Hoffman, and Berntson write in the article for Context Journal.

The sociologists studied the patterns on students’ behavior concerning dating and hooking up, finding that the two share some similarities.

Whether it is an expression of postfeminist independence or a form of youthful rebellion, hooking up has become the only game in town on many campuses. Bogle argues that college life itself promotes casual relationships among students on campus.

The book sheds light on everything from the differences in what young men and women want from a hook up to why freshmen girls are more likely to hook up than their upper-class sisters and the effects this period has on the sexual and romantic relationships of both men and women after college.

Luff Concord students have their view on the idea of hook-ups.

Tracy Luff, professor of Sociology at Concord University and her colleagues from Roanoke College, sociologists Dr. Marit Berntson, decided to study the idea that the culture of hooking up replaced dating culture on college campuses.

They carried out the research for about 10 years and found that the claim was somewhat wrong.

Importantly, she shows us that the standards for young men and women are not as different as they used to be, as women talk about “friends with benefits” and “one and done” hook ups.

Breaking through many misconceptions about casual sex on college campuses, New York University Press is proud to make many of our titles available in e Book editions.

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