A Closer Look at "Hooking Up"

by mhutc2 on March 14, 2014 - 10:07pm


The article, "First-Year College Women's Motivations for Hooking up: A Mixed-Methods Examination of  Normative Peer Pecceptions and Personal Hookup Experiences," explores the different reasons college freshman women participate in hooking up. The researchers carried out this research through asking 221 female freshmen about their female peers' reasons behind hooking up. They also collected data on personal hook-up experiences from these 221 freshmen. The research hypothesized that those women who had hooked up in college would have positive normative peer perceptions, while those who had not hooked up would most likely have negative normative peer perceptions. They then collected data through a six-month survey, which they paid 221 freshmen women to take. Through this survey, the researchers found that a large number of these women believe that their peers are hooking up to coping- avoiding internal emotions. The rest of the reasons included external motives, social motives, and conformity motives. Five percent of the women answered that they did not know why their peers choose to hookup. Through their research, they found that the reasons that women hook up in college are predominantly positive, social reasons (Kenney et al., 2013).

The main purpose of the article was to find out why casual sex has become so popular in college. The main assumption in the article was that if these freshmen women had positive influences when it came to hooking up, they would, too. However, those who had friends with negative views on hooking up would not hook up themselves. The researchers found that that those who did hook up inputted positive reasons of hooking up, such as having fun or trying to find a guy to date, while those who had negative peer perceptions had reasons such as the women wanting attention, or using hooking up as a coping mechanism. Their research supported their hypothesis. If we take this reasoning seriously, the implications would be that those women who have a positive peer perception will continue to hook up, while those with negative peer perceptions will continue to not participate. In conclusion, it is clear that the behavior of these women depends on that of their peers (Kenny et. Al, 2013).

Works Cited

Shannon R. Kenney , Vandana Thadani , Tehniat Ghaidarov & Joseph W. LaBrie (2013) First-Year College Women's Motivations for Hooking up: A Mixed-Methods Examination of Normative Peer Perceptions and Personal Hookup Participation, International Journal of Sexual Health, 25:3, 212-224. Retrieved From: http://www.tandfonline.com.ezproxy2.drake.brockport.edu/doi/pdf/10.1080/...





To start, I chose this article because I believe that everyone in college has a genuine interest as to why people hook-up, whether men or women. The title drew me in because, to me, a closer look means a more in depth analysis of why this “hooking-up” aspect of society happens, and this is what the article dealt with so kudos to you! Overall, I think that the way this researcher went about the study was the best way to do it. With surveys going out to over 200 women you’re bound to find results that at least support or reject your hypothesis. The one aspect of this research that I would love to see more of revolves around the conclusion that some women hook up because they are either conforming to a group of friends/society, and some because they are coping or avoiding their internal emotions. It’s great that they found these two reasons as a general way of saying why some women choose to hook-up rather than not hook-up, but I would have liked to see a more in depth analysis of characteristics that show whether a woman is dealing with internal emotions or simply conforming to society. Just a though for some future research! In the realm of this study, however, I think you did a pretty good job summarizing the main points of the article and the implications towards the article. This research would’ve been perfect if the same study would have been done for males so that we could get an understanding of why both sides hook-up, but this is just a thought! Another thing to think about would be finding some implications towards how this particular research affects the male population. This would be a great addition to your conclusion, especially considering how you will have some males who read this and be curious as to ways you believe this would have implications on the male population. Overall, however, a very interesting article!

I thought that your article was very interesting. The study was conducted very well in that the results were probably very accurate. If there was another study that was conducted for males, I think that the results would also be very interesting for that one as well. I did not find the results of the study very shocking. Many women do hook up for positive social reasons. This could be due to the influence of their peers and/or alcohol. Some women on the other hand do not hook up because of negative social reasons and their peers. In college, it is easy to see both sides and many women have been on both ends of the spectrum. There is a good chance that everyone has been on both sides or at least knows someone who has. I think that you did a good job summarizing the results of the study.

I thought that your article was quite interesting since it explores and questions the motivation behind hooking up in College, which is quite rare but extremely fascinating. Your article brings us to the conclusion that the view of our peers on our behaviors is extremely important like you said in your article; the women whose peers did not approve of the experience of hooking up would not continue to do it and the contrary for those whose peers had a positive view on hooking up. The article “The Extent and Effects of Peer Pressure Among High School Students: A Retrospective Analysis” from the Journal of Youth and Adolescence explains how peer pressure affects students. For example, the article mentions that the pressure is not the same for men and women; it would be stronger for women apparently in the area of dating and sexual activity. Here is the link to the article : http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF01834708 .

I found this post to be very fascinating and the article that was chosen is very informative as well. I firmly believe that peer pressure and internal emotions do weigh very heavily on a person’s view on “hooking up”. However, I also believe that there are many other factors that play into a person’s view and choice of whether to participate in the “hooking up” scene that isn’t discussed in the study, but should have been. Being a college student myself, I find that “hooking up” is a very popular aspect of college, for both men and women, and by having friends that participate in that scene; I know that there are many other factors influence it. One of my friends grew up with very strict Christian parents and wasn’t allowed to go to parties and only could hang out with her friends of the same religion, who obviously didn’t believe in the “hook up” scene. After she left for college, she went completely crazy and didn’t nothing but participate in the “hook up” scene, even though her friends were totally against it. She backed up her decision by stating that she was so sick and tired of being told what she can and can’t do that she genuinely wanted to rebel. She wasn’t trying to conform to society or cope with some internal emotions, she just wanted to rebel against her parents. I know that rebelling is definitely not the only factor not studied in the study that influences the “hook up scene”. I think either this study should continue and be built upon or a new study should be done to explore the other factors influencing both men and women in the “hooking up” scene.

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