identity formation in a formless culture

Although this essay wants to end on a positive note, I can’t help sense a fair amount of desperation throughout its description of the SWUG identity.

Our personal identity and nature can be formed to an extent, but there are, I suggest, some unalterable aspects of what it means to be human. One of those things does seem to be the need for human relationships with depth and meaning. Depth and meaning, though, are antithetical to hookup culture.

To adopt the values of the hookup culture is to preclude identity formation that provides the foundation necessary for the empowerment, significance, and relational connectedness promoted by our modern society. So long as the hookup culture predominates on college campuses, those who adopt its principles are likely to encounter the desperation that comes when what is promised by the culture is also made impossible by the culture.

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