By Tamera “EON” Pillay, Staff Writer

hooked-on-cultureFor the average college student, phrases like “Netflix and Chill,” and apps like Tinder and Yeti, are all common knowledge, but for many other college students, their knowledge on hooking up is as slim as their attention spans.

Jennifer Tran, the academic chair for the Alpha chapter of Delta Phi Lambda, sought out to educate college students at the University of Georgia through an educational seminar called “Hooked on Hook-Up Culture” on Sept. 22.

“I chose this topic because a lot of people are afraid to touch on hooking up specifically and all of the connotations that come with it,” Tran said. “I also wanted to present this in a way where people wouldn’t think it was just another boring sex talk.”

With the audience fully engaged, the presentation began with the question, “What does hook-up culture mean to you?” Students answered with the obvious, “super casual, no strings attached,” but they also mentioned how our generation is moving toward more short-term, instant gratification (think Snapchat) and less monogamous relationships. One member of the crowd described going downtown and being taken by the fun of not knowing someone and seeking intoxicated, new encounters.

The history of “hooking up” started with the invention of the automobile. Leaving the house and getting away from parents became easy, and teenagers were able to hang out at drive-ins. Then, the 1960s brought the “sexual revolution” where young adults became more sexually liberated due to birth control’s wide availability.

Now, media suggests that uncommitted sex is easier.

In movies like “No Strings Attached,” a lot of casual hook-ups are encountered until characters decide to settle down. Tran even shows an oversexualized Sprite commercial from Europe that cannot even be described without a warning.

“Sex has become a big deal in our Western Culture,” Tran said. Describing different ways that people can meet, she continues by referring to apps, social media, trends and specific websites. Apps like Tinder are ways that people, not just students, are meeting each other and engaging in intercourse. There are also “college life” apps, like Yeti, that provide a Snapchat-like program for a more open crowd, showing sexual and other explicit content. Some people vow undying love for these apps.

“Sometimes it’s not just about sex,” Nikki Thai, a UGA sister, said. “One of my friends learned how to ride a bike from using Tinder.”

Thai also explains how upset she is with the phrase “Netflix and Chill,” calling it a lie.

“‘Netflix and Chill’ began as a descriptive phrase for watching a movie and relaxing at home, but it has now gained a loose sexual connotation,” Tran said. “Overall, it shows low levels of effort.”

“I think it is a cheap alternative to the more classic date,” Mary Ing, another sister, said. “Netflix is only about $7.99 a month. There isn’t as much wining and dining. It’s just ‘Netflix and Chill.’ ”

Some people go to a “Netflix and Chill” session and are completely horrified. There are many memes that showcase this scenario.

A crowdgoer showed his discomfort with these apps. He said he would rather meet someone organically downtown “than find someone that lives 40 feet away from me.” He also said that partially why he is straying away from these apps is because he is getting older and is less interested in hooking up.

Tran continued the seminar with the fact that students have four to seven hook-ups in their final year of college.

One woman in the audience, Kamini Minivan, said that she is looking for a real relationship. The statistic to her seemed outlandish, almost, and a lot of other audience members agreed.

“As a freshman, no one really knows you, and you don’t really have an image to uphold,” Kamini said. “We all just want to have fun, but in my senior year I want a more intimate connection.”

“To put it simply, there will never be another time in life where there is such a largely condensed group of single people that are exploring themselves,” Tran said to explain why there are so many flings and hook-ups during people’s college careers.

Another statistic given was that half of women feel less respected after a hook-up, while 20 percent of men feel less respected. This fact is something that many people expected but could not understand.

To display the two sides, Tran showed two video clips, one of Jonah Hill in the film “22 Jump Street” doing the walk of shame and the other of Amber Rose doing the “Walk of No Shame.” The main question presented was: “Why do women and men give consent to a hook-up yet still feel degraded afterward?”

In the end, the main part of hook-up culture is of course, actual sex. Always look for an explicit “yes” and always be safe.

The seminar ended with attendees making “Netflix and Chill” goodie bags.


Image provided by UGA Delta Phi Lambda


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