Doc Seidman Says……..
…For many college students, sex can be like math. You add a bed, subtract the clothes, divide the legs, and pray there is no multiplying.
Jokes aside, college sex is a multi-faceted, complicated subject. Many college students take advantage of the freedoms the college experience brings and actively pursue sexual relationships. Others, however, choose to remain celibate while in college, avoiding the temptations in an effort to either further complicate their lives or put off the experience until a time in life deemed more purposeful. Whichever category a student falls into, he or she might find certain facts surrounding sex and college of interest.
For those back in college now and ready to romp through the semester, here are some interesting college sex tidbits.
People in general, and college students in particular, have a self-possessed misconception about their romantic life. Friends often brag to friends, or anyone else in earshot about their robust promiscuity. They may not be telling the truth. A 2013 study at Ohio State University- which apparently likes to study sex- found that both men and women were likely to lie about their sextual behavior. In other words, someone’s sexual experiences tend to be more overstated than understated.
For those looking for someone to occasionally hookup with, despite all of today’s technology most students still prefer meeting their partners the old-fashioned way, through friends or shared interests. A recent survey of 3,500 college students done by Adobo, the apartment hunting app- and not Ohio State University, surprisingly- found that only 4% of college students use dating apps for dating. Students claim to use the dating apps more for entertainment and ego boosting, feeling better about themselves, apparently. The dating apps can work well, however, for the purpose they were created; dating. Example: the founder of Match.com, Gary Kremen, lost his girlfriend to a man she met on Match.com. Ouch!
On a more upbeat side, sex has been shown to have medicinal benefits. Sex can burn off between one hundred to two hundred calories. It’s not a lot, but at least it’s something. It is also a way to relieve, not cause headaches. And it is claimed that sex can make your skin glow and your hair appear shinier.
Sex is also good for your mental health. It can reduce blood pressure, increase self-esteem, and make you feel and look younger. A 2016 study in the Personality and Social Psychology Journal linked regular sex with improved analytical thinking. The rush of blood flowing to the brain during sex brings extra neurons and oxygen, boosting intellectual stimulation. Too bad sex is not allowed during those difficult math exams. That just doesn’t seem to add up.
For those college students on the less sexually active side of things, fear not. You are not at a disadvantage. Whereas everyone is talking about sex in college, many are still not “doing it.” A 2015 study by New York Magazine found that 41% of women and 49% of men stated that they were not sexually active in college. In fact, 40% were self-proclaimed virgins. Recent research found that there are more 20-year old virgins now than there were in the late 1950s.
Sex habits are certainly changing. A study in The Journal of Adolescent Health found that college women are preferring sex with a boyfriend, or someone they know well, rather than a casual hookup. That number is down from the previous “Gen X” demographic which was hooking up with much more frequency. Furthermore, less people are getting married while in college or shortly thereafter. The average age for getting married is 27 for women and 29 for men, much older than they were a generation ago.
Finally, a random college sex fact to get the conversation started at tonight’s study group: Women with PhDs are twice as likely to have a one-night stand than those with only bachelor’s degrees. That gives new credence to the term, “the doctor is in.”
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