Drunken Hook-Up Nation

by Ccorc2 on March 13, 2014 - 7:20pm

In their article, Lisa Menegatos, Linda C. Lederman & Aaron Hess (2010) explore how friendship bonds affect how you act in a situation with friends and alcohol. This experiment studies, through survey, what 141 undergraduate college students would do when an intoxicated female friend was asked to go home with a male that she has never met before. In this study students used iClickers to click in the response to the following question during a power point presentation in one of their classes:       

“As the evening wears on, your friend Jane meets up with a person she has had her eye on for quite some time. The two of them have a couple of drinks together and things are getting pretty hot. The new acquaintance invites Jane over to his place.

Do you:

     A. Try to persuade her not to go by reminding her that she may regret it.

     B. Wish Jane a fun time.

     C. Make sure Jane gets home safely.”

Responses were measured and of the cases in this data set 21.4% of students claimed that they would choose option B, to “wish Jane a fun time”. The people in the surveys were then asked why they choose these answers. Many of the students related it to how well they knew the intoxicated friend and if they knew the male or not (Menegatos et al, 2010).

The major implications of this article is that many people will not fight to keep their friends safe from harm. This article talks a lot about the current “norm” of college hookups in a common alcohol situation that many freshmen are faced with. I think in deeper meanings, it explores the pressure on college kids to fit in rather than stand out in a crowd of their peers and just how far you would stretch a friendship in order to do so. I believe that, although 21.4% of the people in this data set is relatively low, not a single person should have let their friend go unless they gave consent immediately before consuming alcohol. Many people do not know the reality that if anyone has been drinking their right to give consent is suspended and participating in sexual activity can be considered rape, even if the person was completely willing, or even excited to participate. The information in this article shows just how protective people are of their friends, a statistic that I find extremely surprising. This article shows just how strong social forces are while with peers, or other people you want to try and impress.

Menegatos, L., Lederman, L. C., & Hess, A. (2010). Friends Don't Let Jane Hook Up Drunk: A Qualitative Analysis of Participation in a Simulation of College Drinking-Related Decisions. Communication Education, 59(3), 374-388.