Dating isn’t the only reason high school seniors should consider gender ratios when selecting a college.
“Women outnumber men by a ratio of , and a new sexual paradigm has emerged…
[D]ating in the traditional sense of the word had been replaced by ‘hooking up’ as the predominant sexual interaction on campus.” Kring shared the story of a young woman who’d lost hope of finding a college boyfriend and wound up losing her virginity in a drunken threesome with two male classmates. “She felt awkward,” Kring wrote, “and wanted help in keeping her sexual encounter private from other students.” Women at disproportionately female schools talk openly about their frustrations.
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.
“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.
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.
“Sometimes it feels like you can have anyone you want.” If you think colleges like Sarah Lawrence or NYU are outliers, think again.