[ View the story "'Sext me later'" on Storify] 'Sext me later' How has US college hookup culture evolved with social media?
The Stream· Thu, Jun 06 2013 11:34:20
Hook-up culture has become a popular lifestyle among university-aged students. "Hooking up" can include
kissing to casual sex.
The following video shows how technology, especially social media, has affected how college students approach casual relationships:
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Shag at Uni
were set up to connect students not to date, but to meet up for sex with no strings attached.
Shag at UniAJstream
Social media has caught on with this trend. Students have set up Facebook pages like
NYU Hook Ups
for Saint-Joseph University in Lebanon.
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While hook-up culture has become an often-discussed characteristic of the college experience,
not all students take part in it.
According to the infographic below from the American College Health Association (
), most University of California, Berkeley students had either one or no sexual partner in a 12-month period.
Percent Endorsing Various Motivationsfor Hooking Up, By GenderAJstream
Many netizens believe social media has increased the frequency of hooking up:
@AJStream #socialmedia makes #hookups and #dating more #PERSONAL they allow people to see/know much more about you than w/out itKristen Fitzpatrick
It's not just young people, but adults as well are using apps like Grindr and various other hookup sites. Social media doesn't make people hookup, it allows them to do so with more frequency and with less class. The mystique and buildup... the sexual tension that makes sex so passionate and worthwhile is gone. That's what social media has done to the culture of sex.Mikey Barnum
Some say even though social media plays a role in hook-up culture, it hasn't changed fundamentally.
@halfghaninNE I think social media is another form of "online dating." You have much more access to people and it's easier to set up "dates"Farrah Joon
@AJStream It seems the whole notion of "hooking up" is rather public. Apps are just another way of accomplishing that.SakuraPassion
College hook-up culture has many critics online. These netizens pointed to negative societal consequences:
Researchers have nicknamed our generation the "hookup culture". Does anyone else feel uneasy about this? L.
Hope since raising a family is important to students they start to focus more on meaningful relationships than hookup culture. #ideaPop13Katie Spell
Proponents of the #hookupculture assume young people can't control themselves + thus should be given comprehensive sex ed. FALSE.Anna Maria Hoffman
I hate the hookup culture. #hateit #beagentleman #forrealClay Wilson ✞
Moreover, netizens debated on whether or not hooking up damages traditional dating:
@AJStream its damaging. Why be in a relationship when you can just "hook up".Samantha A.
Some say hooking up is a consent-driven decision that doesn't necessarily make people feel devalued:
@AJStream it's voluntary, consensual. Why would any involved party feel devalued? They rather feel proud to be casual, unattached, carefreeZohra Hakeem
@AJStream As long as the right of choice and the right to bodily autonomy are not hampered, then that's a form of empowerment.Reymond Pepito