For College Students, Hooking Up Is More Talk Than Action

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For College Students, Hooking Up Is More Talk Than Action
Also, no one has any idea what hooking up actually means.

To hook up. What does it mean? Turns out even though college students are the ones doing most of the hooking up, they don't quite know what it means. And a new study proves that there's a lot more talk about hooking up than people actually doing it. Surprised, anyone?

When I was in college (I graduated this year), quite a bit of hook-up talk went on. The resident "gossip girl" was always ready to reveal the latest news. But a drunken romp can follow you for four years... I found out that even at my huge state college, word spread fast about who was doing what with whom. It could get you a bad reputation pretty quickly (usually our talk covered the same repeat offenders). But what were we talking about? In retrospect, I hardly remember the salacious details because all I needed to hear was "x and y hooked up," and my imagination did the rest.

 

The truth is, no one (including the 54 percent of students doing it) knows exactly what goes on between the twin extra-long sheets. Can My Hook-Up Become My Boyfriend?

According to a recent study from the University of Montana, students couldn't agree on one firm definition of the word. The term "hook-up" is vague and could mean anything, from an innocent kiss to a summer-long sexcapade. Researchers finally decided on the following definition: "Hooking up is used to describe a sexual encounter (vaginal, anal or oral sex) between two people who are not in a dating or serious relationship and do not expect anything further." The findings are published in the journal Health Communication.

Essentially the hookup can be considered a close cousin of casual sex, but a little more risqué. The key ingredient to a hookup is alcohol. Red-cupped ragers are the breeding grounds of college sex lives. Unfortunately, that can lead to unsafe and/or nonconsensual interludes. When you're drinking the jungle juice, it's easy to get whisked into a bathroom without asking important questions like: "Do you have a condom?" or "What is your name?" This increases your likelihood of getting "burned" (an STD), getting caught (a Twitpic you don't want to see in the morning), or even being date-raped. Monday-morning regret is common affliction around campuses. Casual Sex Study Finds Booty Calls Have Better Sex

"If you become part of this hookup subculture, and you go to parties and you drink a lot and you're not fully aware of it, you probably don't have protection, and then you are more likely to engage in risky behavior. There's more risk than having sex when it's planned," said researcher Amanda Holman.

 
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