Before we get misty eyed about how great traditional dating is for women, let's remember the scenarios the women were asked to imagine: The guy they're interested in will either take them out or hook up with them. A real-life traditional dating system also involves a lot of sitting around, waiting for the guy you like to ask you out.
The point is that the woman gets to choose the guy in the thought experiment.
If that doesn't happen in real-life, traditional dating doesn't give the woman much recourse.
Nearly half the subjects said they were in a relationship: 29 had been dating for less than 6 months; 76 had been dating for at least 7 months, and 1 was engaged.The authors go on to say that college students now report more hookups than first dates.The authors define a hookup as an encounter between strangers or passing acquaintances with no expectation of commitment.46.67% of women and 45.07% of men said they preferred traditional dating to hooking up in general.41.33% of women said they preferred traditional dating compared to 19.72% of men.According to the traditional narrative, women are supposed to like relationships and men are supposed to like anonymous sexual conquests.Psychologists know that people tend overstate preferences they believe to be socially desirable and understate preferences they think will make them look bad--even on anonymous questionnaires.Unfortunately, the study doesn't break down relationship status by gender.Students were asked whether they preferred traditional dating or hooking up in general.Interestingly, men and women were about equally likely to prefer a date to a hookup when they saw a potential for a long-term relationship with their hypothetical partner. All other things being equal, you'd expect women to prefer a traditional date to a hookup.On a traditional date, the guy pays for everything and takes all the risk of rejection.