The skyrocketing hook-up culture, particularly at U.S. colleges, is not a new thing. The anecdotes are plentiful…and plenty lurid.
And the idea that the “game” has been driven by men is also a long-known element.
What’s newly emerging is the rise of young women on the prowl for casual, uncommitted sex.
The author of a compelling New York Times article, “Sex on Campus: She Can Play That Game, Too,” interviewed more than 60 female college students at the University of Pennsylvania—ambitious, results-oriented, academically busy—who’re also committed to remaining relationally unattached for the foreseeable future.
Indeed, one of them notes, they see a big payback from the “low risk and low investment costs” of hooking up.
Every generation thinks they invented sex. I was too young for the “free love” 60’s but I lost my virginity in 1977 and for the next few decades sex was my favorite past time. Quite a bit of it was of the casual variety.
There is nothing intrinsically wrong with “hooking up” as long as you are careful and responsible. But it’s not everything it’s advertised to be either.
Human nature has not changed. All that “no strings” bullshit sounds really cool but it never really works out quite that smoothly. People invariably start developing romantic feelings and jealousies start popping up. Hearts get broken. Accidents happen.
But you can’t tell young people that cuz you’re old and don’t understand how it is today.