SeekingArrangement.com, the website that promises to set up broke young co-eds with "wealthy benefactors," has just released new data ranking college campuses across America according to how many women sign up at each. The biggest surprise? Not that many college students want to date rich old guys, actually.
While the appeal of an older, more experienced and generou$ lover may be a draw for some, SeekingArrangement doesn't appear to be the place people are going to find the sugar daddies of their dreams.
Here's the email that SeekingArrangement sent out this morning:
New and current college students don't have much to look forward to after graduation, aside from almost guaranteed debt and a 50 percent chance of under- or unemployment. Some women have found a new way to afford a higher education; Sugar Daddies/
In 2014, the number of students in the U.S. registered on the world's largest Sugar Daddy dating site, SeekingArrangement.com increased by 42 percent. Today, the site is releasing its annual list of the Fastest Growing Sugar Baby Schools, with the University of Texas topping the list.
Enticed by the average monthly allowance of $3,000 most Sugar Babies receive, as well as job opportunities and mentorship from wealthy benefactors, over 1.4 million students use the site.
Sounds pretty impressive, right? A $3,000 allowance and over 1.4 million students using the site? That's a lot of money! That's a lot of college students having sex with old dudes because they can't afford an education! That's trickle-down economics! (Literally, because it's probably like kind of a weak drip, if you know what I mean) But when you look at the numbers, that 1.4 million seems less and less staggering considering that the number of "sugar babies" signing up The University of Texas (SeekingArrangement's top school) numbered in the triple digits, with only 425 new signups in 2014. Florida State University, dead last on the site's list of "Top 20 Fastest Sugar Daddy Schools" [sic], only had 158 signups.
If you take into consideration that The University of Texas has an undergraduate population of over 39,979 and a female student body of about 51-52 percent, that means that only about 2 percent of female students signed up. And that number grows even smaller when you factor in graduate students (the site says that they're turning to sugar daddies as well) and the number of students who signed up as a joke or to let off some steam and then didn't actually take advantage of all the men wishing to give co-eds a
groping helping hand.
Brandon Wade, the site's founder and, according to the press release I received, a recipient of scholarships himself, had this to say about the site's importance and popularity:
"While other countries seek to create opportunity and provide a better start for students by abolishing tuition fees or lowering them to reasonable amounts, Congress continues to ignore the problem," says Brandon Wade, CEO and Founder of SeekingArrangement.com, who himself relied on scholarships to fund his MIT education. "The average debt is more than what most of these new graduates will make in a year."
Which is why we should focus on connecting young women with older men and not on getting people more scholarships.
Here's the infographic, which will both edify and depress you. Happy first day of school!
Images via SeekingArrangement.