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College Pulse and Sex (3/4)

Stories of bunny-like behavior on the nation’s campuses abound, but just how hot is the hook-up culture? Campus Pulse provided the goods in a recent survey that joined wit to data. A surprisingly significant number of students live a (sex) life that is more sedate than the papers would have you believe (42% of students have had one or no sexual partners) — and given that 1,327 Dartmouth students answered the poll, one has the sense that the information provided by CP is accurate:

Here is the poll’s outline:

Pulse ran a survey about student’s sex lives and 1,327 of you godless sybarites responded in an almost painful amount of detail. The data revealed some interesting trends: unaffiliated upperclassmen males are 4X as likely to have never had sex compared to their affiliated counterparts, and it’s 2X as likely for unaffiliated upperclassmen females (Figure A). Apparently 10% of students’ parents know “everything” about their sex lives-why anyone would ever want that, no amount of data will ever reveal. Lastly, a full one fifth of Dartmouth has tried anal, but only 8% have had sex with multiple partners at once (Figure B).

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Good for CP. The marginal cost of such a survey is negligible, yet one can assume that students tapping away anonymously on their smartphones are providing honest answers to interesting questions.

Addendum: Wednesday’s D had a piece, Investigating the Dartmouth Seven, by Marie-Capucine Pineau-Valencienne (what a great French name!) that supports anecdotally what CP’s data confirms :

Out of all the time-honored campus traditions, the “Dartmouth Seven” holds the prize as one of the most controversial and talked about amongst students and alums alike. In case you’re not familiar with the infamous tradition, the “Dartmouth Seven” is a list of seven places on campus to engage in sexual activity: the Green, the top of the Hopkins Center, the library stacks, the steps in front of Dartmouth Hall, the President’s lawn, the BEMA and the 50-yard line of the football field. A small number of students actually complete the list, but the possibility of being caught doesn’t deter many couples from making an attempt. The challenge is one of those Dartmouth-isms that make our student body seem much more risqué and wild than most of us actually are.

In 2010 this space reported on the Dartmouth Seven (and the Dartmouth Decade, too — we are more thorough than The D!) in a post entitled Girls Just Wanna Have Some:

The College’s ever-competitive students have even set milestones for themselves: the Dartmouth Decade is achieved after having sexual relations with students and alumni from ten consecutive graduating classes; the Dartmouth Seven pertains to gracing seven different venues on campus (the 50-yard line on Memorial Field, the steps of Dartmouth Hall, the lawn of the President’s mansion, the stacks, the Bema, the center of the Green, and the Top of the Hop).

Addendum: It turns out that Pulse has specific data on the Dartmouth Seven:

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Not a whole lot of shakin’ going on.

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