College dating hooking
As we’ve discussed in a previous article, over 70% of college students report having “hooked up” at least once.What we do know, based on these data, is that college students report hooking-up more.The definition of what constitutes “hooking up” is vague (e.g., is it kissing someone or does it have to be more? Conclusion Ultimately, the data reviewed above indicates that Millennials are not part of a “Hook-Up Generation” any more than previous generations.Though today’s college students hook up more than they date, so did yesterday’s college students.For example, in a given 6 month period, a person who goes on a date that results in a serious relationship only has 1 first date over that time, while a person who isn’t dating could easily have several hook-ups during that same time period.Today’s young adults also have a harder time knowing when something is actually a “date,” which may contribute to the discrepancy between the hook-up and dating numbers.
The science here suggests that the perception that college students would rather hook-up is simply wrong. As part of the same study, researchers asked college students about the types of relationships they were actually having, hook-ups or first dates.As we say at “the important things in life deserve data.” So the next time you hear something about relationships that sounds true, wait until you see what the data say before you believe it.If you’d like to learn more about our book, please click here (or download it here). Click here for other topics on Science of Relationships.Think of this as the omnipresent “kids today are different” stereotype.Although a common narrative, do the data support the notion that today’s young adults are “hooking up” more than previous generations? A sociological study using the General Social Survey comparing hook-up rates among today’s students with students from a decade ago found that both groups reported similar rates of hooking up.