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In his blog about hookup culture, Marc Perry refutes the notion that there is a "new or pervasive ‘hookup culture’ among contemporary college students." He makes the point that although sexual behavior itself is not changing, the language surrounding it is much more prevalent in conversations and that sexual partners are more likely to be someone less well know than in the past. That being said, how does that compare to what I have experienced personally on the college campus?
Well, to start out with, I do notice the prevalence of language regarding "hooking up." I hear it when I'm walking through the hallways, sitting in a classroom, or eating lunch. Moreover, the context is not subtle or private. There is definitely an excess of conversation regarding the subject of hooking up.
Occasionally, I will also witness the start of an obviously anonymous hookup, usually late on a weekend night. Although the people involved might not normally view this behavior as appropriate, and it is obviously not well thought out (given the usual temporarily incapacitated mental state of the parties involved), it must happen with a relatively high frequency for me to notice it. However, this is not an accurate measure of its frequency - it is small sample, given the little time I spend around groups of people on the weekend. Either way, hooking up is much less frequent than the talk about it. But, it does show that people will occasionally hook up with people that they barely know.
Even with my limited experiences, I have been able to pick up these trends on the two main types of observations that Marc Perry uses. These two types of observation have lead me to believe that Perry is right about the frequency of hooking up not changing as much as the frequency of conversation and blatancy regarding hooking up.
Studies and statistics show that
“hook ups” in college remain the same throughout the years with very little
fluctuation. This seems plausible and a possible examination of the data
supporting an intuitive, yet debatable conclusion that collegiate “hook ups”
have remained the same for decades.
of the “Hook Up Culture” include face to face interviews about how many hook
ups have occurred between yourself and another person. It is simply scientific
fact that the chemical reactions within our bodies to lust have been, and
always will be, the same no matter the generation of college students. Most
high school students coming from a public school have heard that college is one
big party and that it is all about the booze and women. The continuation of a
relatively high flat-lined trend among hook ups in college not only has to do
with the biological side of the human brain, but the social norm per se. I have
a girlfriend back home and would never do anything to hurt her. I am not alone
in that scenario. But for others, their mindset about college is all about
parties, alcohol, and sex. They are the ones who are most likely to “hook up”
in today and in the past. So, I do believe that the percentage of hook ups has
not changed drastically since 1988, the beginning of this research. Most of my
reasoning is not what I have heard, but what I have seen. I have seen my
closest friends go to college and return home after a couple of weeks because
they have fell victim to yet another statistic in which the research has
provided. They kept making bad grades but kept partying and skipping class
thinking that that is what people are SUPPOSED to do in college.
am not surprised when the research stated that hook ups have remained the same over
the past couple of decades. The importance of college will always be undermined in the minds of students looking for a four-year social event.
I believe that not
much has changed in the area of “hook-ups” from the last generation to this
one. Since I have started school this semester, I have only heard of two
drunken make-outs between people that I know. However, as a college kid I would
not refer to this as a “hook-up” as might the professors in the reading. From
movies I have seen about college, I figured that there would be more “hook-ups”
than there actually are, because those movies led me to believe that the
culture actually had changes and is worse now than it was a decade ago.
One of the
comments on this article is that college kids experiment, which is a very true
statement. I have always heard that college years are the “wild” years, and the
only “hook-ups” that I have heard about are after something “wild” has
I do believe that
what has changed about this culture are the customs. A decade or two ago, it
was crazy to talk about some topics in public. Sexual topics were
most certainly talked about but only behind closed doors and typically among the
same gender. Today, it is not uncommon for me to walk into the lobby and sit
down with everyone to talk and then hear someone crack a dirty joke during the
conversation. Once this has happened, the conversation usually spirals out of
control into a talk about anything and everything relating to sex.
No longer are topics or jokes about “hook-ups”
are no longer discussed behind closed doors, these topics are open conversation
in the lobby. Also, I have always heard that boys are the ones who tend to do
this most often; on this campus however it is very even. Meaning girls crack just as many,
if not more dirty jokes than boys.
In what I have
seen from my fellow classmates, the action is has not changed nearly as much as
people think it has, but what has changed is how much teenagers talk about the
media seems to be portraying our generation as one that is much more likely to
have casual “hookups” rather than be in committed relationships. This is true
to some extent, but the media is over exaggerating. The amount of sex that our
generation is having is almost exactly the same as our parents’ generation. We
are not much different in our amount of sexual partners or in our views on sex.
Studies even show that the percentages of college students who have had more
than one sexual partner have dropped since previous generations.
What has changed is the fact that our
generation is less likely to get into a committed relationship with someone as
quickly as before. Many members of our generation seem to find someone they
want to be with for the rest of their lives by having sex with them before they
decide whether they want to commit to anything or not. The age that members of
our generation get married has also changed. The average age that people marry
at has risen higher and higher each generation. Our grandparents’ or great
grandparents’ average age of marriage was 12 to 14, while we have risen that
age to 27-30 years old. Our generation isn’t just “hooking up” just to do it;
this is our generation’s way of testing out a person to see if they will be an
appropriate partner. It is a way of “throwing themselves out there.” Every
relationship has to begin with some type of test to see whether it will stand
up to the test of time anyway. Our generation has just taken that test a step
farther. Years ago the test would begin with asking a girl on a date, which
then over the years evolved into asking someone if they wanted to kiss you or
if you could kiss them, and now it has evolved into asking someone if they want
to “hookup.” This is simply evolution of the generations.
things become the “norm” over time, and today finding a partner begins with a
“hookup”. Romance however, is not dead on the college campus; not everyone in
our generation mindlessly has sex with someone just because they feel like it. It
is simply a new way of finding a partner than earlier years rather than a whole
new era of no strings attached sex.
I have little interaction with the campus “Hookup Culture”. I
don’t participate in such a lifestyle, and I’m don't see it in the lives of my
friends. I also don't believe that such a culture is on the rise for this
generation compared to those of the past.Modern day youth have more freedom to do as they please due to a more
liberal society.If Mr. Monto feels that
there isn’t a new version of the “Hookup Culture” on college campuses, then I’m
willing to agree with him because I feel that it’s most likely has the same
meaning today as it did a few decades ago. I’m not a primary witness to the
“hookup culture” therefore, should there be a change to it, I’m not sure I’d
try to notice it.
I find it to be
unfortunate that Mr. Monto feels “the hookup discussion conveys a sense of
moral panic;” I believe that the morals of young adults are shaped by the
societies in which they are raised. Therefore, how they live their lives on
campus is to some degree a reflection of what they see in the world around
them. The “hookup culture” should be studied in the world outside the
campus and then compared to the campus life. There might be some similarities
in how different generations form relationships based on the conduct of the
societies they live in.
I don’t agree with
Mr. Monto’s statement that “fewer students today are dating.” Personally, I
feel like too many students are dating. I also hear of more people who are
college-aged getting married. I think I’d say that most young people don’t want
to stay in long relationships.
Eight Honors College students recently
attended the National Collegiate Honors Council in New Orleans. Seven
students were on the program and one was a nominee for national Honors
College student of the year.
Also at the NCHC meeting was a joint
presentation by SAU, SAU Tech, and College of the Ouchitas about their new
Honors 2 + 2 programs. SAU Tech has already enrolled 10 students and COTO
8. The Honors College hopes to sign South Arkansas Community College and
Cossatot Community College soon. Word on the street is that Henderson is
attempting to piggyback on our idea by launching a similar program.
Dr. Kardas is now co-chair of the NCHC
Lilli Hollensworth interviewed for medical
school at UAMS last Saturday.
Two honors students, Cheyenne Meyer and
Joel Pogue, will graduate in three years in May.
Several honors students, Christopher
Harris, Pui (Joy) Tan, Samson King, and Subir Shakya, are applying to
graduate school or for funding. Schools include: The London School of
Economics, the National Science Foundation, Colorado State University, and
St. Louis University.
The Honors Seminar class has recently
hosted Trey Berry, David Rankin, Donna Allen, and Paul McLendon.
Rachel Wetherington is working on a
project titled: SAU as Text. It will provide all first year students with
a campus walkabout designed to give them experiential learning about SAU
history and traditions.
The NEW iPads arrived (at least most of
them did) last week. Because Apple released a new model in October the
Honors College decided to delay its annual purchase in order to provide
the latest models.