July 15, 2008
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College Students Offer Sex For Laundry, Investment

SUBMITTED BY JESSIE WHITFIELD: College students frequently barter for sex.

Don’t believe it? Researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health say the practice is so prevalent that even affluent college students who don’t need resources will still attempt to trade sexual currency for provisions.

And they add, don’t be surprised: the exchange of resources for sex has been an activity many species, including humans, have taken part in since the beginning of time.

One of the most prominent examples of the exchange of resources for sex among humans is prostitution - engaging in sexual intercourse for money. Just in the last few months, ex-Governor of New York, Elliot Spitzer, was busted for paying call-girl Ashley Alexandra Dupre to have sex with him, musician Joss Stone has been accused by tabloids of sleeping with her boss for a record deal and one 31-year-old woman is all over the news for posting an ad on Craigslist.org offering an “epic mount” for 5,000 Gold World of Warcraft Dollars.

However, the recent discovery made by Daniel Kruger, a research scientist at the University of Michigan, about college students suggests that such behaviors are part of humans’ genetic makeup, and persist no matter how wealthy a person may be or how much resources or security they obtain.

“It’s remarkable to find these patterns in the students in the study,” Kruger said. “We have seen many examples where people do this out of necessity, but we still see these tendencies in people who are already provided for.”

In the research, 475 Michigan undergraduate students aged 18 to 26 were interviewed by researchers in order to find out if they traded things for sex outside of dating or formally committed relationships and if they acknowledged when others tried it with them.

Men are more likely to attempt to exchange investment for sex, females were more likely to exchange sex for investment, Kruger said. However, if they were in committed relationships they did not view the partnership as trading, he said.

About 27 percent of men and 14 percent of women reported attempting to trade investment for sex, and 5 percent of men and 9 percent of women reported attempting to trade sex for investment. As far as being aware when someone else attempted exchanges with them, 14 percent of men and 20 percent of women reported that someone attempted to trade investment for sex with them and 8 percent of men and 5 percent of women reported that someone attempted to trade sex with them for their investment.

Kruger said the findings were remarkable in that any exchanges were reported at all, considering the subjects’ youth and affluence - in other words, these students seem to have everything they want or need or are capable of obtaining anything they want or need due to their wealth, yet they still attempt these exchanges.

“The confirmation of hypothetical predictions regarding these exchanges once again demonstrates the power of an evolutionary framework for understanding human psychology and behavior,” Kruger said.

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