Dating on campus
“Everyone’s self-esteem takes a hit,” a young woman at 75%-female Sarah Lawrence College told me.One reason: Sarah Lawrence men have little interest in exclusive relationships. It’s like they have their own free harem,” she grumbled.
Had they attended 60%-female colleges, settling down would have been the furthest thing from these men’s minds.When it comes to choosing a college, today’s teenagers consider much more than just academics.Some applicants want to know how good the campus Wi-Fi system is, whether the fitness center offers spin classes or even if the cafeteria has an organic salad bar.But when women are in oversupply—as they are today at most U. colleges and universities—men play the field and women are more likely to be treated as sex objects.In 2013, the gender ratio among that year’s college graduates was , women to men. With girls continuing to outpace boys in school and young women continuing to attend college in ever-greater numbers, the U. Department of Education now expects the ratio to approach three women for every two men by 2023.There are girls to go around, and around again,” according to Niche.
At 63%-female James Madison University, the “deficiency of guys creates a scene that tends to embrace random hookups.” Even at Baylor University—a Baptist university steeped in Christian values—Baylor’s ratio of three women for every two men has a huge impact on college dating.
If dating is important to them—and I acknowledge that it’s completely unimportant for some—they should take a look schools with sizeable math and science departments because those schools attract more men.
Just as sex-ratio research predicts, it is the colleges with male-heavy gender ratios where dating is more traditional.
And, no, it’s not the mostly male colleges where the hookup culture reigns supreme. Because the way today’s heterosexual college students describe sex and dating at their own schools matches up with the scholarly research on gender ratios and how they affect behavior.
As I explain in my book “DATE-ONOMICS: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game,” when men are in oversupply, the dating culture emphasizes courtship and monogamy.
According to Niche, “The same girls that run in the social hookup circles on Friday night are taking you to church with them on Sunday.