Presentation Title

Condom Usage; Acquaintance versus Stranger

Presenter Information

Jamie HermanFollow

Document Type

Panel Presentation

Keywords

condom, stranger, acquaintance

Biography

I am a Sociology student with a minor in Political Science conducting my senior capstone on condom usage in college students and the difference between strangers and acquaintances. I am an active member on campus, including being the Vice President of the student Sociology club, The SOCiety.

Major

Sociology

Advisor for this project

Marty Laubach

Start Date

19-4-2018 10:45 AM

End Date

19-4-2018 12:00 PM

Abstract

I conducted research on the difference between condom usage in acquaintances and strangers among college students, and what makes someone an acquaintance. My hypothesis is that people use condoms more often with people they consider to be a stranger than with someone who they consider an acquaintance. A study from Jonathan Bearak from New York University says that people are less likely to use condoms with people who attend the same college as them because they feel comfortable with people from the same college because they have something in common, and this is what spurred my interest in this topic. My belief is that people consider acquaintances as someone who they can create a certain solidarity with because with solidarity equals trust. My research was conducted with a capstone survey conducted with a collection of questions to all of the students in Sociology 200 classes, and an online Qualtrics survey posted online. Results are still being analyzed, however, I am finding truth in my hypothesis and confirmation about solidarity creating an acquaintance, and people are less likely to use condoms with those people. Men and women both seem to answer the same way, but I am also studying differences between different races, political parties, religious groups, and more.

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Condom Usage; Acquaintance versus Stranger

I conducted research on the difference between condom usage in acquaintances and strangers among college students, and what makes someone an acquaintance. My hypothesis is that people use condoms more often with people they consider to be a stranger than with someone who they consider an acquaintance. A study from Jonathan Bearak from New York University says that people are less likely to use condoms with people who attend the same college as them because they feel comfortable with people from the same college because they have something in common, and this is what spurred my interest in this topic. My belief is that people consider acquaintances as someone who they can create a certain solidarity with because with solidarity equals trust. My research was conducted with a capstone survey conducted with a collection of questions to all of the students in Sociology 200 classes, and an online Qualtrics survey posted online. Results are still being analyzed, however, I am finding truth in my hypothesis and confirmation about solidarity creating an acquaintance, and people are less likely to use condoms with those people. Men and women both seem to answer the same way, but I am also studying differences between different races, political parties, religious groups, and more.