Some applicants want to know how good the campus Wi-Fi system is, whether the fitness center offers spin classes or even if the cafeteria has an organic salad bar. Let me suggest that college-bound high schoolers add one more item to their collegiate checklist: If applicants and their parents want to know whether the dating scene at a particular college is geared more towards wild hookups or traditional relationships, the best barometer will always be the ratio of women to men on campus.
How do I know this?
But when women are in oversupply—as they are today at most U. With girls continuing to outpace boys in school and young women continuing to attend college in ever-greater numbers, the U.
Department of Education now expects the ratio to approach three women for every two men by Women at disproportionately female schools talk openly about their frustrations.
Sarah Lawrence men have little interest in exclusive relationships. The young man told me he had had sex with more than 20 of his female classmates.
The descriptions came from Niche. The guys practice the requisite Christian business principles, but blow through the Baylor babes that are in endless supply. This lack of transparency can be especially problematic for women because, according to a Journal of Sex Research study authored by five Loyola Marymount psychologistscollege women are twice as likely as college men to experience distress after hookups. Just as sex-ratio research predicts, it is the colleges with male-heavy gender ratios where dating is more traditional.
Even at schools that are majority female, the dating scene is tamer when the gender gap is smaller.
Obviously, few young people go to college to find a spouse these days. However, when Facebook investigated how many of its users did in fact meet their spouses in collegesthe analysis revealed something interesting.
The men most likely to have met their wives in college were not those who attended schools that were majority female, but rather those that were majority male—which actually makes sense. Given the epidemic of campus rape, teenage girls and their parents are justifiably concerned about safety, just as teenage boys and their parents are worried about false accusations. What does any of that have to do with gender ratios?
Well, there have been multiple studies showing a correlation between gender ratios and rates of sexual assault. The opposite is true of communities with oversupplies of men. Edlund and her co-authors discovered that although overall crime rates went up in China as the gender ratio skewed more male—not surprising given that men are more prone to criminality—there was a precipitous decline in rape.