Apparently, the saucy myth of droves of students engaging in an endless orgy of casual of sex in college is in actuality more rare. As it turns out, the only people having casual sex in college are white kids, rich kids, and rich white kids.
"Only 14 percent of students hookup more than 10 times in four years and these students are more likely than others to be white, wealthy, heterosexual, able-bodied, and conventionally attractive, according to quantitative studies of hookup behavior," writes Slate's Lisa Wade, putting the New York Times's recent trend story in a new context by looking at race instead of gender. Wade cites a quantitative study from Indiana University's Laura Hamilton and the University of Michigan's Elizabeth A. Armstrong, who found data that support earlier studies that "found that white students, those who drink, and students with higher parental income are more likely to hook up."
Naturally, the mind begins to wander to institutions like George Washington University, the subject of a jaw-dropping Washington Post story of just how rich its students are. At GW, white reportedly make up 53 percent of the student body. There must be tons of hookups each night in Foggy Bottom!
[Full disclosure: I went to Villanova, a pretty expensive school where white students make up 76 percent of the student body. However, during my years there, I did not really spend that much time studying other students' sexy liaisons, so I cannot definitively tell you if there was plenty of sex going on.]