NPR: “Hooking Up Is Becoming a Trend…”

…”among young people who have entered the workaday world.” So reports NPR’s Brenda Wilson today, at length (nearly nine minutes).

(Maybe NPR, too, needs a “social media editor” to help its reporters “use social tools to…track trends” in a more timely fashion?)

One hears from an expert who studied this trend (from, a quick Google search shows, 2001 to 2006 and published a book on it a year and a half ago): “What you see on college campuses now, even in some cases Catholic campuses, is that young men and women have unrestricted access to each other.” And, young people these days continue to “hook up” after college “because of the Internet and social networks.”

(One thing I did learn: going out on dates — to dinner, say— caught on “at the turn of the 20th century” thanks to “the poor whose homes were not suitable for entertaining” “gentlemen callers.” )

UPDATE: In other news involving “young people who have entered the workaday world:” the New York Times reports that “Parents [Are] Pulling The Plugs on Williamsburg Trust-Funders.” Maybe the Times could introduce these suddenly unsubsidized twenty-somethings to the “gleefully frugal?”

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.