Modern college students don’t always have more sex than the older generations, but the culture of campus hookups definitely has changed.
Not many topics provoke such panic in the media as the hookup culture in college campuses. But are today’s students really having more sex than their moms and dads did a generation ago? According to research, surely no.
Lisa Wade, an Occidental College sociologist, agrees that something has changed, however: In modern hookup culture, having an emotional bond with a casual sex partner is one of the greatest taboos.
For her latest book, American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus, Wade spent 5 years analysing hookup culture of American students. In this culture, she notes, there’s a diffefence between meaningless and meaningful sex. Students have to do anything to “perform meaninglessness.” They need to prove that they don’t love their sex partners, and really care less than them.