Sexuality among Students in the Internet Age

The sexual and relationship behavior of young, academically educated women and men is the focus of the current study. On behalf of the BZgA, the Institute for Sexual Research and Forensic Psychiatry of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf is investigating the reproductive behavior and the effects of the "new media" on the sexual socialization of young, highly educated adults.

The predominant pattern of organizing solid partnerships in adulthood is that of serial monogamy. Sexuality, emotional attachment, intimacy, communication and quality of experience, not institutions, formal obligations or material dependencies hold student relations together. The aim of this qualitative interview study is to collect solid data on how students socially organize sexuality and relationships, and what values ??and expectations they have about sexual relationships.

One focus of the study is reproductive behavior. On the one hand the group of students is a sexually active group, on the other hand the desire to have children and family planning are often postponed because of the long training period. For this reason, safe contraception is a particularly important topic in this age group. The interviews will explore how students organize contraception in and out of relationships, what experiences they have in their desire to have children, contraceptive gaps and fears of unplanned pregnancies in this group, and what ideas and desires for reconciling work and family shape the life plans of prospective academics.

A second focus is on sex-related internet usage. This plays a significant role in young adults of all educational backgrounds today and opens new dimensions of dealing with sexual arousal, imagination and communication in and out of solid relationships. The focus here is on the importance of the internet for getting to know lovers or sexual partners, the influence pornography has on student sexual behavior, and the role of new media in the organization of sexuality and intimacy in relationships.

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