Ok, so this article, Sex Without Intimacy: No Dating, No Relationships, doesn’t necessarily support or discredit my “just say no” title, but it’s really interesting. Here are some excerpts:

“..the age at which people marry for the first time has been steadily creeping up. As of 2005, in the United States, men married for the first time around the age of 27, and women at about 25 years of age…the hookup is what happens when high school seniors and college freshmen suddenly begin to realize they won’t be marrying for five, 10 or 15 years.”

“Young people during one of the most sexually active periods of their lives aren’t necessarily looking for a mate. What used to be a mate-seeking ritual has shifted to hookups: sexual encounters with no strings attached.”

“[Hooking up] is catching on among young working adults, mainly because of the Internet and social networks…Wilkerson says people hook up via the Internet and text messaging. ‘What that means is that you have contact with many, many more people, but each of those relationships takes up a little bit less of your life. That fragmentation of the social world creates a lot of loneliness.'”

I think it’s funny that if you scroll down to the end of the article, one of the links to “related articles” includes “Clyamydia Infections Are On The Rise.” Yeah, I’d say that’s related FOR SHIZZLE.

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Let’s pause for a moment to notice this amazing artwork (see above). Just say no to hookups, and also to flat-tops, please! LOL. (Compliments of the Virginia Dept. of Health, seriously.)