Lyric
When you’re ready come and get it

Song and Artist
Come & Get It by Selena Gomez

Hypothesis
Selena is ready to ride-or-die for this dude. He won’t want anything long-term with her.

Analysis
Selena issues an open invitation to the object of her affection, “When you’re ready come and get it.” Since she is professing her love, I’m assuming (you know what happens when you assume, but I’m going to anyway) she wants a relationship. The only thing he may be coming to get is a hook-up.

The preferred mechanism for twenty-somethings to get to know the opposite gender is the hook-up, formally defined as, “a sexual encounter, usually lasting only one night, between people who are strangers or brief acquaintances.” Surprisingly, according to a James Madison University study, 77.5 percent of men said they would choose dating over hooking up, and 95 percent of female students felt the same. So what gives? Pluralistic ignorance. The equivalent of “everybody’s doing it.” Millennials engage in casual behavior due to the same fears all humans have: rejection, failure, heartbreak, etc. Even though the hook-up lifestyle is the norm, deep down people want to be loved.

Conclusion
You would think a young, intelligent, successful, I-have-dated-mega-stars woman wouldn’t want to hang around for anyone. It takes nearly three years for a man to commit to marriage. Selena will be waiting for him to come and get it (a relationship) for a while.

 

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