"Hookup culture" is overestimated among American college students

American college students are having less sex than you’d expect, according to a study conducted by Martin Monto, a sociology professor at the University of Portland. Examining the sexual behaviour of young people from 1988 to 1996, compared to that of young people from 2002 and 2010, Monto and co-author Anna Carey found that young, educated people are having sex less often and with fewer partners now. They also found that attitudes around premarital, extramarital, and teen sex have not relaxed, but attitudes toward same-sex activity has.

"We find no evidence of substantial changes in sexual behaviour that would support the proposition that there is a new pervasive 'hookup culture' among contemporary college students," the study concludes.

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