They also did not think other guys and girls their age wanted a relationship either.
“I think that freshman year is a time where people want to explore and they don’t want to be tied down,” said Hagenburg.
And contrary to popular opinion, many men have reported in private interviews that they like being in relationships and if they are not in one, they would like to be in one.
“They feel it’s very difficult to openly admit that because they’re supposed to be instead interested in hookups and being casual,” said Tomaskovic-Devey.
“I don’t think it matters when a relationship happens,” said Dickinson.
“I think it’s about the opportunity to meet people. There is less of an opportunity to meet new people when you get older.” However, Hebert believes relationships formed later in college often do last longer because during freshman and sophomore year people are not as focused on the future, they’re more excited about the college experience.
We make a LOT of changes, and rapidly, in those first years out of high school.
And many of them have spent some time in a serious relationship, and by senior year, what they report is that they really do like being in a relationship.“I wouldn’t have been tied down and I’d have gotten to meet more people.” “It’s about the maturity level,” said Hagenburg.“I think you have to find a certain part of yourself as a younger college student and once you’ve matured by junior or senior year, that’s when you can start looking for someone serious and into the same things you are.” According to a study put on by the American Psychological Association, 60 to 80 percent of North American college students have engaged in some kind of hookup experience as of 2013, and 70 percent of sexually active 12 to 21-year-olds have had uncommitted sex within the last year.“They’re not looking for permanence,” said Tomaskovic-Devey.“A lot of them don’t know where they’re going to be, and again, where our culture is defining it for them is that they still have time, and after they graduate they have to focus on their careers.” But there definitely is a difference between the romance ideals of freshmen and seniors. “Freshmen in particular are out to enjoy themselves.