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’ ” UMass seniors Amanda Dickinson and Carl Hebert are both in relationships now and they started dating their significant others in their senior and junior years.
They plan on staying in their relationships after they graduate.
They also did not think other guys and girls their age wanted a relationship either.
“What a lot report is that they don’t particularly like it and they wish that it were different, but they feel that they have to put up with it,” said Tomaskovic-Devey.
“A lot of them also believe that this is the way relationships start now, so if they want to be in a relationship, the way to do it is to be casual in the beginning.
“I think you have to find a certain part of yourself as a younger college student and once you’ve matured by junior or senior year, that’s when you can start looking for someone serious and into the same things you are.” According to a study put on by the American Psychological Association, 60 to 80 percent of North American college students have engaged in some kind of hookup experience as of 2013, and 70 percent of sexually active 12 to 21-year-olds have had uncommitted sex within the last year.
Barbara Tomaskovic-Devey, a sociology professor at UMass Amherst who has done extensive research on college relationships says that despite such high statistics, many college students report in confidential interviews that they do not find the hookup culture as appealing as the numbers show that they do.
But I think that for the segment of the population, especially for freshmen, the hookup culture is attractive to them because the media makes it seem attractive.