Binghamton University presents 'Why Monogamy Matters'

By Kelly McCarthy

February 20, 2013 Updated Feb 21, 2013 at 2:46 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A research topic developed at Binghamton University is trying to understand the "hook-up" culture in young adults.

A guest speaker for Binghamton University's forum presented the discussion, "Why Monogamy Matters" Wednesday at Traditions at the Glen.

Justin Garcia is a Binghamton graduate and works at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction at Indiana University.

Garcia shared his research of casual, non-committed relationships forming in young adults.

One focus of his studies attempts to determine if experimental behavior has long-term effects on marriages in the future.

"The best evidence so far suggests no. And in fact at first there was a push that hook ups must be really dangerous and really bad," Garcia said, "And what we're finding for many individuals they're actually a fairly healthy expression of development."

Garcia said many young adults believe they will form long-term relationships in the future.

The presentation discussed benefits of monogamous relationships that can be seen at any age.

"We know that people in long-term relationships tend to live longer, they tend to be healthier, but we also know that those relationships are really important for survival and reproduction," Garcia said.

Garcia says in the few places in the world where children are not raised by a family have higher rates of child death.