Hookup culture: The end of civilization, or the biggest NBD ever? According to a recent barrage of news stories, apps like Tinder have turned dating into a dehumanizing form of online shopping, catalyzing some sort of sexual Armageddon and the death of courtship itself. Dark times, apparently. Why are there so many sexual assaults on campus?
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Traditional dating, the article suggests, has largely dissolved; young women, meanwhile, are the hardest hit. The women, meanwhile, express nothing but angst, detailing an army of dudes who are rude, dysfunctional, disinterested, and, to add insult to injury, often worthless in the sack. So, which is it? Are we riding to heck in a smartphone-laden, relationship-killing hand basket? Or is everything the same as it ever was? The truth, I would guess, is somewhere down the middle. This is absurd, of course, on a biological level alone—and yet, somehow, it gets a lot of takers.
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The following is the second post in a six-part series studying the effects of America's "hookup" culture on women, men, and their relationships with one another. Read the previous post here. Subconsciously, participants in the dating trend understand that sex should happen within the context of commitment; they often feel as though something is missing from their hookups. Emotional vulnerability without commitment feels, and is, emotionally unsafe.