Manifest function of dating

When people talk about "hooking up," they're referring to a subculture with a complex set of rules and expectations.

Not surprisingly, most of what they know about student "hookup" culture comes from alarmist news reports of "risky sex" and the American Pie movies, not serious scholarship.

“With crazy schedules it was a fast way to meet someone,” says one private equity analyst.

Many researchers rely on college undergraduates as subjects for studies of human behavior. Bogle, an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at La Salle University who trained her scholarly lens on the students themselves, focusing on that cross-section was part of the design.

Increasingly, college student and their parents expect a college graduate to be both employable and earning more money than they would without a college degree. College graduates have lower unemployment rates and earn higher wages over the course of their lifetime.

Some critics go as far to suggest that students should focus on the return on investment they get out of a college degree. While some groups might believe employability and return on investment are the manifest functions of college, other groups argue there are other important latent functions as well.

Free 5-day trial This lesson discusses the difference between latent and manifest functions and dysfunctions.

After starting with a simple example from your own living room, we'll consider how sociologists use the concept to better understand the larger structures of society.

In contrast, a manifest function is an intended outcome of a phenomena.

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