Episode 105: Less Sex, More Kink – The Sex Lives of Today’s College Students
June 28, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller
College students tend to be stereotyped as a pretty horny bunch who are hooking up every chance they get. But are today’s college students really having more sex than ever? That’s what we’re going to be exploring in this show. Are they as sexually active as popular media depictions suggest? How is the sex that they’re having changing? And what do college students today need to know about navigating and cultivating healthy sexual and romantic relationships?
I am joined by Dr. Nicole McNichols, an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. Nicole is the co-author of the textbook Human Sexuality In A Diverse Society and she has a popular Ted Talk titled “Students On Top: A Vision for 21st Century Sex Education.” Some of the topics we explore include:
- What are students’ sex education experiences like before they get to college?
- How many college students today are sexually active? Are they having sex earlier or later than previous generations?
- How is the sex they’re having different? Why is choking during sex on the rise?
- How are college students being influenced by porn and the #MeToo movement?
- Why do college students seem to find dating and relationships to be so challenging?
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Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.Read full bio >