Contemporary students  'more likely to sleep with casual date'

Young people heading off to college or university this year may want to make sure they take plenty of condoms with them, as it seems they are more likely to have casual sex than those who have gone into higher education before them.

New research from the University of Portland has shown that contemporary students in the US are more willing to go to bed with someone they have gone on a casual date with than people who went to college in the 1980s and 1990s.

It was also found that today's students are more likely to have sex with a friend or a person they casually pick up - suggesting a hook-up culture still exists, but does not necessarily mean people are getting down and dirty more often.

Despite this, the study revealed those who attended college between 1988 and 1996 are having as much sex as those who studied between 2002 and 2010, the difference being that they tended to have a regular partner.