In dystopian literature, things like procreation, passion, and love are viewed as threats towards society. Sex is viewed as meaningless, casual, and emotionless. It is strictly for pleasure and if it wasn’t, you would be considered a threat. This idea of meaningless sex can be greatly echoed in today’s world and our hook- up culture. The APA describes hooking up as “ brief uncommitted sexual encounters between individuals who are not romantic partners or dating each other.” Sex has become meaningless and casual, much like it is portrayed in dystopian literature. This social shift began in the late 1920’s when automobiles became common. Young adults were able to go out instead of staying at home under their parent’s watchful eyes. This trend became even more apparent in the 60’s after the rise of feminism and the liberation of women. Birth control became much easier to obtain and sex- integrated college parties became much more common. The media also play an enormous role in the creation of this trend. Movies, books, and music portray unrealistic sexual scenes. The media suggests that sex can be fun and pleasurable with “no strings attached” which normalizes this behavior.
In an article published by Miranda Kulp, titled “The Hook-Up Culture: How An Entire Generation Forgot How To Actually Date Someone” the author talks about how “Our generation needs to go back in time, put down the iPhone and get to know people by conversation instead of text. Delete Tinder and go out to meet people in your own town.” Our generation is living in a time where technology controls our lives. It control our lives so much that it is reflected in how we form relationships with other people. Technology and the media encourages this behavior of casual and emotionless sex. Kulp ends her article by stating “Once we dump our college dating habits and reinvent ourselves for the real world, our generation may find that under our heartless exteriors, the hopeless romantics we’re afraid to show do, indeed, exist.”Tags: Media sexuality technology