So says science anyway.
What does this mean?
Not only is the hip, younger culture not as smart as they think they are…
[via The Blaze] We know it to be true of cigarettes, alcohol, chocolate and a plethora of other substances, but is it really possible to be “addicted” to another human being? Author and sexual purity expert Dannah Gresh thinks so. In a recent op-ed for CNN, she describes the emotional dangers young people face when they lead promiscuous lifestyles. In discussing the increasing culture of “casual sex,” she writes:
Just like the hippie culture found a pill that conveniently removed the “inconvenience” of pregnancy, today’s hookup culture believes it has found a recipe for removing the inconvenience of emotion: friends with benefits.
Scientifically, though, that’s impossible. We know that thanks to what neuroscientists have learned about a walnut-sized mass in the brain called the deep limbic system.
The deep limbic system stores and classifies odor, music, symbols and memory. In other words, it’s a place for romance, capable of processing a splash of cologne on your lover’s neck, a particular iPod playlist or a bouquet of red roses.
While many young people claim that they can have sex without feeling a personal connection to their partner, Gresh says that’s impossible. This “hook up culture,” as she calls it, ignores the inherent connections sex creates and, as a result, can actually lead to emptiness and pain:
Here’s where the hookup culture starts to be a problem. What happens if you get caught up in the friends-with-benefits-game and have multiple partners? What happens when the partners you’ve become addicted and bonded to are gone?
You experience withdrawal symptoms in the emotional center of the brain.
According to Gresh, young women are particularly susceptible to depression when the “source of their addiction” no longer wants to have casual sex. According to The Heritage Foundation, “…25.3% of sexually active teenage girls experienced depression, compared to 7.7% of sexually abstinent girls.” The suicide rate is also much higher among sexually-active girls.
While Gresh points out that the average number of partners is 9.7 for college men and 7.1 for college women, she does cite research that shows a higher proportion of young people are abstaining. Still, this culture of casual sex is problematic, in her view. If she’s right — that people become addicted or bonded to those they sleep with — her view that multiple partners can impact future relationships may hold credence (after all, it’s tough to let go of all of those past connections once one finds his or her soul mate). [Read More]
They want to flaunt this fact by making a movie about their stupidity.
[ via jezebel] Friends With Benefits and No Strings Attached Are The Same Damn Movie
Whitney Jefferson — If you saw the trailer for Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis’ latest flick and thought a movie about two friends who make — and then struggle with — the decision to start hooking up with each other seemed very familiar, you are not alone. Yes, a very similar movie starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman arrived in theaters late last year, and apparently Hollywood doesn’t think America will notice. [Or, they simply think the hipsters that will be attracted to this movie are NOT smart enough to notice...That MUST be it!] [Read More]
Please tell me that the younger generation today really aren’t stupid enough to fall for the same stick…