Let’s take a look at some popular misconceptions about “hook up” culture, how they might be hurting our students, and how we can confront these misconceptions to enable students to rewrite the hook-up script.
Hook up culture is often portrayed as the crisis of the current generation of college students.
Adolescents, emerging adults, men and women engage in hookups for a variety of reasons, which may range from instant physical gratification, to fulfillment of emotional needs, to using it as a means of finding a long-term romantic partner.
Last year I heard a frat guy ask one of my sorority sisters, “Pencil me into your dance card?
” I smiled at the irony, because my grandmother — to whom a “dance card” was a physical object — would faint if she saw the grimy, UV-lit basement of Beta Theta Pi.
But college life isn’t one big party as our media often portrays it.
Indeed, the sensational portraits of college depravity, however well intended, might be doing more harm than good by reinforcing students’ misconceptions about college life.
Twenty-four percent of students have never hooked up, and 28% have hooked up more than 10 times.