FRIDAY, Aug. 17 (HealthDay News) -- College students who "hook up" too much lose the respect of other students, a new study indicates.
Although there is less of a double standard for women, nearly half of students have negative attitudes toward other students who appear to engage in a lot of casual sexual activity, researchers found.
"Men and women are increasingly judging each other on the same level playing field," study co-author Rachel Allison, a doctoral candidate in the department of sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said in a news release. "But gender equality and sexual liberation are not synonymous. While we've come a long way in terms of gender equality, it seems that a large portion of both college men and women lose respect for individuals who they believe participate in too frequent casual sexual activity."
The researchers conducted an online survey of more than 19,000 students from 22 colleges. The students were asked if they lost respect for women who hook up or have sex with many people. Based on their response, the participants were divided into four groups: egalitarian conservative, egalitarian libertarian, traditional double standard and reverse double standard.
The study revealed that roughly 48 percent of the college students in the survey were egalitarian conservatives. These students judged all other students in the same way and would lose respect for both men and women that engaged in frequent casual sexual activity.
The researchers noted that women were more likely than men to have this view. About 54 percent of the women surveyed fell into this category, compared to about 35 percent of the men.
Meanwhile, about 27 percent of the students were considered egalitarian libertarians. This group of students said they would not lose respect for men or women regardless of their sexual activity.
The researchers also found nearly 12 percent of the students held a
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