When you date someone you get to know them and you form a real connection.
Hooking up is superficial and the human aspect is completely lost.
– Matt*I’m happy being single, but I also like the idea that there’s someone out there who likes you, thinks about you all the time, and wants to be with you.
That's the hopeless romantic in me talking and he'll never shut up.
– Aaron*This semester I realized that I will always love someone who doesn't love me.
It was hard to come to terms with it and get over the hurt, but I did get closure in an unexpected and nice way. Moving through different stages with this guy — from heartbreak to dysfunction to honest, real friendship — has taught me more in sixth months than I've learned in years.
– Sadie*Being a hopeless romantic in this hook-up culture is its own special type of hell.
Every once in awhile we do something fun like cook together or go out together but we usually just hang out at each other’s apartments.
I definitely prefer it to hooking up because it brings more of a human element back to sex. – Kara*I prefer dating to hook-ups, myself having been in two serious relationships during college, one of which is still going post-graduation. You see all types of relationships, and it just depends on what works for the individual.
– Bobby*I guess I’m a serial monogamist, but I’ve also hooked up a lot.
Last week we spoke to three sociologists who debunked some of the myths surrounding college dating — namely that hook-up culture is more of a subculture, and yes, dating still exists. We interviewed 30 campus co-eds to find out, and asked them whether or not they prefer hooking up to dating or vice versa.
Their answers span the entire relationship spectrum, proving that attitudes towards college relationships are diverse and changing. Everyone at college is afraid of losing touch after graduation, so taking a chance on keeping someone around in a serious way is scary.
But I'm really excited about love and believe in it all.
I’d still fall for someone regardless of whether we’re graduating.