A new study released from the University of Portland shows that while 59.3% of uni aged students from a sample of 1,800 are having sex at least once a week, comparatively, in the 80's 65.2% of uni age kids were getting laid. We're not actually having more sex. ...But we're damn good at acting like we are.
What the researchers don't understand is that the Hook Up Culture is very much alive and well. But it's not about sex. It's a culture that revolves around slang. We may not be doing anything physically different than our parents' generation did, but we really excel at taking relationship situations and re-branding them under 'cooler' sounding names. For example, we don't date people. Dating is, well, out-dated. We just have friends. Friends who we hang out with. And then sleep with. Our "Friends-With-Benefits." And then we have people we don't even really consider friends, but sleep with anyway when we're drunk and can't be bothered to meet new people. So we gave that a nice friendly name as well, "F*** buddy."
More Vague Than Vulgar
The term "Hooking Up" itself creates a happy conundrum. It's so vague that it could mean anything from making out to having sex, with a lot of possibilities in between. It's a phrase thrown around often enough but rarely ever actually explained, leaving most of us convinced that all our friends are out there having sex constantly. And what this new study really shows is that, we're probably not.
So in terms of "Hooking Up," does that happen more often in our generation? Is there more drunk kissing? And the biggest question of all...Does anybody really care about drunk kissing anyway?
So Mom and Dad, yeah, you may have banged just as many people in uni. But there's no wayyou drunkenly made out with as many randoms to the sweet melodies of Ke$ha.