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In the news: the date’s not dead

New Findings on Hooking Up, Dating and Romantic Relationships in College

Posted on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 by UNCG Research.

In the news

On February 13, 2016, ABC 11 reported on UNCG Assistant Professor of Sociology Dr. Arielle Kuperberg’s research on dating and hook-up culture. Her recently co-authored study is entitled “The Date’s Not Dead After All: New Findings on Hooking Up, Dating and Romantic Relationships in College.”

“‘What it says is that casual sex is not the only option,’ Arielle Kuperberg, an assistant professor of sociology at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, told NBC News. ‘There are plenty of people having more traditional dates and having long-term relationships. So students shouldn’t feel like if they don’t want to participate in hookup culture that they are going to be excluded from romantic relationships.'”

Findings outlined in the piece included:

  • while 62% of college students had hooked up, 61% had been on dates
  • 67% of female respondents and 71% of male respondents wished they had more opportunities for long-term romantic relationships
  • unprotected sex was less likely to occur in hookups with strangers compared to hookups with friends or repeat partners
  • many hookups were with repeat partners

Learn more at http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/college-game-plan/not-just-hookups-dating-culture-thriving-college-campuses-survey-says-n518061