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Canadian researchers (Herold & Mewhinney, 1993) confirmed this in a study of college students more than 20 years ago: How They Met, 1993 The two studies had different parameters, but it appears not much has changed.
Meanwhile, for college students, spring break remains prime time for hook-ups.
Some women feel used during hook-ups—some men do, too. Those who fear that hook-ups threaten young adults’ well-being often assume that soon after, many—particularly women—feel regret.
Today’s hook-up culture is simply the latest iteration of this centuries-old truth: So today, it’s hook-ups, friends with benefits, and booty calls orchestrated by Tinder (launched in 2012). In part because young adults delight in differentiating themselves from previous generations.
And compared to previous generations, today’s young adults spend more time single.
To investigate, University of Portland researchers (Monto & Carey, 2014) analyzed data from the General Social Survey (GSS).
The GSS, funded by the National Science Foundation since 1973, is the only in-depth, ongoing, national interview-based survey of American beliefs and behavior.
As I came of age in the late 1960s and early 1970s, I had a few flings I later regretted. That’s also how young people learn to negotiate relationships.
But I experienced no lasting scars and the same appears to be true for today’s hook-ups.
A University of Illinois survey found that 49% of college men and 38% of women reported having sex as a direct result of drinking.
Canadian researchers (Fisher, 2012) asked college students about alcohol and hook-ups. As I’ve discussed previously [7.1.14], alcohol is a major factor in collegiate and military sexual assaults.
This may sound hasty, but, then, spring break is brief; vacationing students are horny and outgoing; and alcohol is abundant.
The Alcohol Connection Katy Perry’s 2010 hit Alcohol has always played a major role in casual sex and it continues to be key to hook-ups today.
A study of Northeastern University students found similar results: 78% of students reported hook-ups, but only about a third of encounters included intercourse.