You know that sleeping with a teacher is a common fantasy and, well, a classic porn storyline. But how much does it happen in reality? A new survey shows it may be more frequent then you thought. It’s certainly a lot more than I thought. The survey comes from CollegeStats.org, and they polled over 2,000 students and found that over 14 percent— 14.04 percent, to be exact— of those surveyed had had “inappropriate sexual relationships” with a professor or a TA. Now, that doesn’t mean that everyone one we know is secretly hooking up with their professor, but that’s still more than one in 10 that are getting down with whoever’s in charge. So next time you’re in class, it might be time to take a look around.
It may not be as weird as it sounds. And plus, we’re talking college here, so everyone is of age. “Breaking down the barriers of perception versus reality in sexual relationships among professors and students, we found that this fantasy might not be as risqué as originally thought,” CollegeStats.org explains. “Many of those we surveyed told us that these sexual liaisons occurred among adults who were roughly the same age and that they were more likely to be one-off encounters rather than prolonged affairs. And most did not regret the decision.”
Here’s what else the survey found:
1. Men Were more Likely Than Women To Hook Up With A Professor
While normally I think of female students getting with male professors, it was actually pretty evenly split between men and women. In fact, it was men who were a bit more likely to hook up than women.
2. Attraction Was Usually The Driving Force
Another deviation for the porn plot — yeah, some people were doing it for better grades, but that came way down on the list, with only 3.6 percent doing it for that reason. Mutual attraction and doing it for a thrill were way, way more common.
3. A Lot More People Have Thought About It
If you thought a lot of people had done it, around a quarter of people would do it if they have the chance. Not only that, over half of people have fantasized about it.
4. The Sciences Have The Sexiest Professors
I was surprised to see the huge range of hookups between majors. I was even more surprised to see that foreign languages came last with only 2.9 percent of hookups. Seriously? Speaking fluent french is less sexy than bunsen burners? I just don’t get it.
5. And Most People Had No Regrets
The vast majority of people— over 83 percent— didn’t regret doing it. It was discouraging to see more than half of people didn’t tell anyone, but I guess considering the high stakes involved it makes sense. But at least almost everyone is loving their decision.
So it looks like hookups with professors and TAs is way more common than you may have thought. Not only that, most people are thinking about doing it even if they’re worried they’re going to get caught.
Originally posted on Bustle