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15 September 2011

When it comes to college hookups, more is said than done

College students talk about hooking up – a lot. In fact, they talk about it much more than it actually happens.

College students talk about hooking up – a lot. In fact, they talk about it much more than it actually happens, and they believe other students are having encounters more often than they actually are, as a new study shows.

Yet, the study found, such regular talk about hookups had a "normalising" effect on students' views about the practice. That led to a more approving attitude toward hookups and, often, riskier sexual behaviour, researchers said.

  • 94% of participating students had heard of the phrase "hooking up" in reference to sexual activities. Slightly more than half described a hookup as involving sex, 9% roughly described it as not having sex and about one-third indicated that the term was ambiguous.
  • 54% reported having participated in a sexual hookup during the school year. A greater number of males (63%) reported engaging in a sexual hookup than females (45%).
  • 37% of students reported two or more hookups during the school year. But 90% of the participants assumed that a "typical" student had been involved in two or more hookups.

 
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