Hookup Culture Essay

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Walking up to the front door with sweaty palms and your best attire, you knock on the door of the girl that has caught your eye the minute she walked into that third period English class. With a racing heart you knock three times and remind yourself that she said yes to going out on a date with you in the first place, and that you need to quit being so nervous. The door opens and you are met with the most gorgeous girl standing in front of you. You say your greetings and extend your arm to which she wraps her perfectly manicured hands around. Heading out onto the date you stop by her favorite restaurant and tell her to order whatever she wants, knowing that you’ve saved up any expense that could happen on this date. All in all the date ends …show more content…
The hookup culture. By definition hooking up includes kissing and having sex without there being any real emotions attached. The hookup culture has become somewhat of a rising phenomenon within the past few years, especially on college campuses. Justin Garcia, a researcher from the Kinsey Institute, told CNN “ ‘What has really changed is that among youth we see a decline in dating culture and so most college students have had more hookups than first dates’," (Kerner). Young adults enter college today with the mindset that this is what college is about. That it is normal to pursue this hookup lifestyle over any real pursuit of a relationship. A common saying used today is “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?” Simplified, this expression basically means what’s the point of taking someone out on a date when you can skip straight to the fun part? This new culture is largely due to media’s influence on society. According to Justin Garcia in his article on the sexual hookup culture, “The media suggest that uncommitted sex, or hookups, can be both physically and emotionally enjoyable and occur without "strings," (Garcia). This flawed idea is constantly portrayed throughout countless television shows, books, and movies that people around the world watch …show more content…
Would society turn to alternative routes? In recent studies it was discovered that alternative courses to relationships might be entirely possible. A survey taken by a group of individual’s ages 18-24 years old provided some interesting statistics on how relationships may look in the future. The survey broke marriage down into five different possible marriage models: presidential, beta, till death do us part, multiple partners, and real estate. Presidential relationships would involve vows that last up to four years, but after eight you can choose to pick a new spouse. Beta relationships would allow for a union to be formalized or dissolved after two years. Till death do us part would make divorce illegal. Multiple partners would allow marriage to more than one person at a time. Real estate would include the drafting of marriage license set on five, seven, ten, or thirty year terms. In the survey it was discover that almost 50% of the millennials surveyed supported the idea of a beta system (Bennett). So what does this mean for our future? If our society were to switch to a beta type system we are most likely to see a decrease in the commitment to family life and even the decline of marriage itself. If you think about it, if people are constantly entering in and out of these long term relationships it’s quite possible that people wouldn’t be getting married until they thirty to forty plus years old. This delay

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