Hook Ups- Casual or Frowned Upon?

by cclar6 on October 22, 2013 - 12:50am

Cortney Clark

 

            “When examining the most recent hookup among college women, Fielder and Carey (2010) found that women reported known partners (i.e., stranger, casual acquaintance) would be associated with a lower likelihood of sexual behavior and more known partners (i.e., friend, ex-boyfriend/girlfriend) would be associated with a greater likelihood of sexual behavior,” (Lewis, 2012.) In this day and age, “hook ups”, especially in college, are becoming much more of a casual occurrence than in any other generation before. Living in a dorm-style environment, guys and girls are living together, possibly even in the same hallway. The newfound freedom of no parents, curfews or strict school days of consecutive classes can leave a lot of spare time for teens to develop close relationships with their peers. Hormones are in full swing and relationships can become complicated, and clear boundaries are not always set. Hooking up for some people can is much more common than an actual dating relationship for a variety of reasons. Some people aren’t big into commitment, while others just like the fun of being able to do whatever they want essentially with whomever they want. Studies show that in addition to just the sexual risk taking during a hookup, there can be significant emotional damage done to the people involved.

            The main point that the author is trying to make in this article is to emphasize the facts and statistics of college students and hook ups. There are many surprising numbers comparing feelings and behaviors of men to women. “It was predicted that attitudes towards hooking up and approval of sexual behavior during hookups would be positively associated with a greater likelihood of sexual behavior, condom use, and positive affect and negatively associated with a negative affect,” (Lewis, 2012) The author uses this excerpt to express the facts that she found on these hookups, and also uses many other charts and table to compare numbers.

 

Comments

I think this was an interesting article because this is something that is happening all around us at our age. I agree with what you said about kids in college now having more freedom and girls and guys become a lot closer, which can lead to these hook ups. One thing I think that would be interesting to see how many college kids think of sex as just something to do and no big deal, and how many think of sex more as something intimate, loving, and emotional. I also think the facts, stats, and statistic that the author found would be interesting to look at. Overall this was a good article that was interesting to read.

This is an interesting topic, because most college students do only think of that. School grades, parents, and work don't come to their mind. They just sit at school and look at others walking. it's a good think that not all college are like this because then this issue would be a lot worst, a bunch of students would get closer in dorms. It is probably every students dream to go to a college with a dorm room, because of the main point you pointed out about having no parents, no curfew and no rules or chores like if you were living at the house with your parents and other siblings.

I think this is an interesting article because hooking up has become a much more of a casual thing for people to do. Some don’t necessarily want a relationship they just want someone to hang out with from time to time. Now I believe that this can only work for a certain amount of time before one of the people involved starts to have feelings for the other. That’s when the complications begin. It is shocking how many people are starting to do this but when kids gets to college it is like a free for all and they don’t have rules or anything to hold them back. They want to get the “college” experiment everyone always talks about.

I thought this was an interesting article to read; students usually do not take the right precautions just because they are in such close proximity to their peers. They finally get the freedom from their home life, and they come to college and some go a little over board with the drinking and hookups without giving it a second though, thinking that it will not effect them in the end. If they have nobody to answer to for their actions, then some are going to do whatever they may please. The different studies about this can be quite interesting, all in all, this was a very interesting article.

I thought this was an interesting article to read; students usually do not take the right precautions just because they are in such close proximity to their peers. They finally get the freedom from their home life, and they come to college and some go a little over board with the drinking and hookups without giving it a second though, thinking that it will not effect them in the end. If they have nobody to answer to for their actions, then some are going to do whatever they may please. The different studies about this can be quite interesting, all in all, this was a very interesting article.

This is a very relatable article to our age group and it most definitely pertains to our situation today. I completely agree with you when you say that kids in college have a lot more freedom to hook up than they did when they were at home. It would be nice to think that there are some people in college who would actually want a relationship and not just a “friends with benefits” type of thing, although I feel that this is very hard to come by. Overall, this article is very relevant to the audience and very informative.

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