Hooking Up with the New York Times

NYTimes op-ed columnist Charles M. Blow wanted to write a column lamenting the end of the dating culture among teenagers. So, he put in a call to Kathleen Bogle, author of Hooking Up: Sex, Dating and Relationships on Campus (NYU Press 2008).

To help me understand this phenomenon, I called Kathleen Bogle, a professor at La Salle University in Philadelphia who has studied hooking up among college students and is the author of the 2008 book, “Hooking Up: Sex, Dating and Relationships on Campus.”

It turns out that everything is the opposite of what I remember. Under the old model, you dated a few times and, if you really liked the person, you might consider having sex. Under the new model, you hook up a few times and, if you really like the person, you might consider going on a date.

The article is a great introduction to a great book.