University of Chicago on High School Sexual Networking

Some pretty cool diagrams and write-up on something we’ve all be a part of (whether you participated or not.) coming out of the University of Chicago’s American Journal of Sociology.

From the summary:

“The surprising thing about the network at Jefferson High was the near absence of cycling — situations in which people have relationships with others close to them on the network, Moody said.

The lack of cycling seems traceable to rules that adolescents have about who they will not date. The teens will not date (from a female perspective) one’s old boyfriend’s current girlfriend’s old boyfriend. This would be considered taking “seconds” in a relationship.”

The full abstract via requires subscription but I found a copy (pdf) through Google.

Some friends of mine did this for our circle of friends in college on the back of an old Einsturzende Neubauten poster or something. It was pretty amazing. I don’t think it ever dawned on them that they could of done it for ivy league credit.

3 Comments so far

  1. Roland Piquepaille (unregistered) on January 27th, 2005 @ 2:34 pm

    Good afternoon,

    My yesterday’s post about “The Sexual Network of a High School” has moved from to because of a mistake I did when I published my blog yesterday. The former address is no longer valid.

    Now your readers can only see a “404 error” if they click on the link you provided, just because I needed to delete yesterday’s post. I’m sorry for the inconvenience and I hope you’ll be able to update your link.

    And thank you in the first place for noticing my blog.

    Roland Piquepaille.

  2. Rob (unregistered) on February 6th, 2005 @ 1:52 am

    someone just replied to this and I accidentally nuked their post (sorry!) The comment was essentially. “Not to be snotty, but University of Chicago is no “Ivy” league.

    That comment would indeed be correct.

    The only “Ivy” schools are Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Cornell, Penn, Columbia, and Brown. Though U of C exceeds more than half of these in the Nobel Laureate count. So it gets the “Ivy Plus” status I guess. Either way, it’s a fairly discriminating institution.

  3. Adams (unregistered) on July 13th, 2005 @ 8:30 am

    University of Chicago does have ivy, but is not an Ivy League school – it is an elite school. Oh, and by the way, Chicago has more Nobels than any institution other than Cambridge, which Chicago will soon pass. Check out

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