Why Are Relationships Becoming Extinct on College Campuses?

Why Are Relationships Becoming Extinct on College Campuses?
Why Are Relationships Becoming Extinct on College Campuses?
It was not too long ago that it was common for people to go off to college and find the person they were going to marry and spend the rest of their lives with. That storybook ending does not seem to exist anymore on college campuses. "Hooking up" and one-night stands are now the standard for relationships. The long process of courtship seems antiquated. Has our culture become so obsessed with instant gratification that long term relationships don’t stand a chance amongst the youth of America?

Even with that idealized image of falling in love with your soul mate in mind, the college environment has always been a liberal setting. Parties last long into the night where students are plied with alcohol and inhibitions are seemingly erased. With the advent of exotic Spring Break getaways and themed parties now the rage, the long-term relationship seems to stand less of a chance of survival in college. This is not limited to just the "party" schools where campuses have over 20,000 students. Even the smaller schools have caught onto this emerging lifestyle.

The one-night stand is perfect for the student who does not want to get into a committed relationship that takes a lot of time and effort. The term, "friends with benefits," has become a common piece of the college student’s vernacular. This describes a situation where you may periodically hook up with a friend without the work that a full-fledged relationship requires. Individuals can go days or weeks without talking to one of these "friends" and then they can have a "late-night booty call" or hook up at a party. This is not to say that this is the ideal way to quench one’s sexual desires.

It may seem easier than the relationship based on trust and commitment, but it is not without its own problems. Hooking up with someone to whom you are not committed brings up the issue of safe sex. Individuals who "play the field" are more likely to have multiple sexual partners. This increases the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease. It’s simple math, really. The more people you with whom you are sexually engaged, the higher the risk of being with someone who has an STD. Without sounding too preachy, students engaging in this behavior should always use protection. There are also psychological issues that arise in these situations. If you go from one person to another, you are missing out on the experience of being in a committed relationship. When you get to a point in your life where you want to settle down, you will likely go through some growing pains as you embark on a more traditional relationship.
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