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December 27, 2012 4:01 PM The NYU Hookup Board

By Daniel Luzer

Today in Bad College ideas, apparently students New York University have developed a program designed to facilitate, well, hookups.

According to an article by Gena Kaufman in Glamour:

Using to try to find someone with whom you have a meaningful connection? Boring! That’s for people who don’t microwave all their meals. And spending weeks combing through all those profile questions? Who’s got the time! That’s for people who don’t live in fast-paced New York City and don’t have four exams to study for this week.
Hence, some ambitious young adults at NYU have created their own service, NYU Hook Ups, with the goal of hooking up frisky students within 24 hours. The setup is a Facebook page where users, who are supposedly screened to be students of NYU post anonymous profiles answering a series of basic questions.

It’s not really the same thing. is a dating site. NYU Hook Ups just exists to arrange sexual encounters. Those questions to ask answer are really basic, along the lines of gender, sexual orientation, “dorm on campus or live off campus” and then, apparently, you’re off.

Kaufman described the service as “fast, convenient, kind of icky.”

Kind of, yes. Perhaps the real problem here, however, is that it’s just not really going to work, at least not in any dramatic sense. Unless, at least, you can get NYU women to enthusiastically sign up for something that exists to help you “hook up with other NYU students. Happy holidays and remember to cuddle up during these cold nights. NYU Hook Ups - making your tuition worthwhile.”

The problem is this sounds mostly like the sort of thing at appeals only to male college students. Are there really a lot of female NYU students eager to secure immediate hookups over the Internet?

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer


  • HMDK on December 28, 2012 9:33 AM:

    Yeah, women never want sex. Or if they do, they shouldn't, right? Or at the very least they should be more ashamed of it. If that isn't your point, what the hell is?

  • smartalek on December 30, 2012 2:12 AM:

    Well, except for those slutty-slut-sluts and skank-hos, of whom there'll always be a few at even the best of schools.

    I can't decide which is more discouraging -- that so many ostensibly enlightened liberals still really think this way (so just who is it that's having all those abortions, hm?), or the frequent outbursts of inadequately-concealed homophobia showing up in these threads...
    Mr Luzer, may I respectfully suggest hanging at Pandagon, Shakesville, a few other such sites for a while?
    You're getting disturbingly close to Nice-Guy-ism here... and if the reference is unclear to you, such visits are seriously overdue.

  • Daniel on December 30, 2012 7:42 PM:

    Sigh. Just take a look at NYU Hookups. There are way more guys looking for girls than girls looking for guys. That doesn't mean girls don't want to have sex; that means they probably don't want to have sex using this venue.

  • Earl on March 03, 2013 3:18 PM:

    I have inside access to NYU Hook Ups and from what I know, 45% of the traffic on the Facebook page is females, and 33% of the submissions are girls looking for guys. Personal experience as an NYU student shows that girls around campus have a VERY difficult time finding guys on campus who are not gay, taken, or jerks, or gay taken jerks. It's hard to imagine and very surprising, but NYU's student base is 60:40 female:male ratio, and half of the guys are gay.