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As the first entirely digital generation and the largest demographic in western history, Generation Z, those born in the late s and early s, is the subject of extensive research. Often considered to be entitled, dependent and lacking real-life skillsthese youth also display considerable resilience and creativity.
This adaptive flair extends to their of sexuality and relationships, which are in flux stemming from factors like digital dating practices, lower marriage rates and rising income inequality. What about their sex lives? Generation Z has been maligned as the hook-up generation. But is this what they want? Which is it and what does dating even mean? I recently posed these questions to undergraduate students at Western University — participants in my qualitative study about sexual culture. I conducted individual interviews with 16 women and seven men from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds and sexual orientations, including gay, lesbian, bisexual, bi-curious and straight.
I have not used any of their real names.
What I learned from their diverse relationship structures and terminologies was fascinating and confusing, even to a seasoned sex researcher like me. Based on my preliminary findings, the current Generation Z dating culture in Ontario is defined by sexual flexibility and complex struggles for intimacy, which is difficult to achieve in the fluid relationships they prefer.
Some of my participants are from Toronto. Many students also engage in casual relationships to protect themselves from being hurt. Pearl not her real name said:. Many participants discussed being evaluated by peers based on their carnal accomplishments.
Being sexual is a key social and cultural resource, as Ji shared:. For many students, their university years are a transformative time intellectually, socially and sexually, which was reflected in my study findings. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons .
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