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Is ‘hook-up culture’ as bad as it sounds?

The internet has transformed sex beyond recognition, but whether this change is for the better or worse is still open to discussion. We sit down with Lisa Wade, associate professor of sociology and author of American Hookup, to explore the behaviours attached to hook-up culture.

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“We are in uncharted territory,” says Justin Garcia, a research scientist at Indiana University’s Kinsey Institute, in that article from Vanity Fair that condemned Tinder, hook-up culture, and the ‘dating apocalypse’ that they’ve caused. “There have been two major transitions in heterosexual mating in the last four million years. The first was around 10,000 to 15,000 years ago, in the agricultural revolution. And the second major transition is with the rise of the Internet.” [1]

It’s true that the internet – and more specifically, apps – have changed the way we form these relationships. Tinderhas ...

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