Unfortunately, the study doesn't break down relationship status by gender.Students were asked whether they preferred traditional dating or hooking up in general.So, if you're planning on sleeping with him anyway, wouldn't it be nice if he magically intuited that and took you out for dinner first?Let's not forget the potential social desirability bias at play.Before we get misty eyed about how great traditional dating is for women, let's remember the scenarios the women were asked to imagine: The guy they're interested in will either take them out or hook up with them. A real-life traditional dating system also involves a lot of sitting around, waiting for the guy you like to ask you out.The point is that the woman gets to choose the guy in the thought experiment.Interestingly, men and women were about equally likely to prefer a date to a hookup when they saw a potential for a long-term relationship with their hypothetical partner. All other things being equal, you'd expect women to prefer a traditional date to a hookup.On a traditional date, the guy pays for everything and takes all the risk of rejection.
Men were more likely than women to prefer a casual hookup to a casual date.
The authors found that a bunch of 19-year-old college freshmen in the South embraced traditional gender norms.
The study is called "To Hook Up or Date: Which Gender Benefits?
Traditional dating means the guy always asks, always pays, and always chooses where to go and what to do.
On this model, the guy always makes the first sexual move.
221 subjects completed the 20-minute pencil and paper survey.