Using data from the Duke Hookup Survey, we consider how motivations for hooking up cluster to produce different classes, or profiles, of students who hook up, and how these classes are related to hookup regret. We find a number of differences in hookup motivation classes across social characteristics, including gender, year in school, race-ethnicity, self-esteem, and attitudes about sexual behavior outside committed relationships. Additionally, Uninspireds regret hookups more frequently than members of the other classes, and Uninhibiteds report regret less frequently than Utilitarians and Uninspireds. These findings reveal the complexity of motivations for hooking up and the link between motivations and regret. Like many aspects of American family life, the courtship practices of young adults have undergone significant changes over the past 50 years.
Since its launch in , Tinder—the controversial dating app—has been cause for conversation. In the below excerpt of The Happiness Effect , author Donna Freitas reflects on her interviews with university students who shared their experiences on Tinder. Because Tinder uses GPS, you can pretty much limit your choices to people on campus. They use it to flirt.
You may have had an amazing love life in high school, or this aspect of your life may have been rather dull. Regardless of your dating experiences in high school, dating in college can be significantly different. College dating has its unique set of unspoken rules as well as some exciting perks and risky pitfalls. After you give yourself time to adjust to college life and get settled into your classes, you may be ready to jump right into the dating scene. However, remember that dating in college adds more complexities to your life.
Over the weekend, an article in the Boston Globe highlighted a class at Boston College in which the professor offers extra credit to students if they ask another student out on a date. The date is mandatory in another one of her seminars. The rules: it must be a legitimate love interest; they must ask in person not via text, etc. Instead college kids have discovered an even better way to find a significant other.