Explaining the Unnecessary Freak-out Over ‘Hookup Culture’

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It seems like everywhere you look these days someone is freaking out about “hookup culture” — the idea that kids are having way too many casual romantic encounters than ever before. They argue that as a result of this chaotic sexual free-for-all, which is spurred on by changing norms and new technology (think Tinder), young people are failing to form meaningful, lasting relationships, and are suffering as a result. But a look at the numbers reveals that these fears are seriously overstated, and in this week’s Science of Us animation we set the record straight — and explain why fears of young people’s promiscuity are such a perennial concern of adults.

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