When You Hear "Hook Up" What Do You Think?
by vflor1 on November 6, 2013 - 3:23pm
Depending on where one is from, how one was raised, and the time period in which one was born, sayings and objects can have different meanings. The term “hooking up” can have two different meanings when the definition is taken from an adult or an adolescent (Fortunato, Young, Boyd & Fons, 2010). The only other study before this article that researched hook ups was one that investigated adolescent non-dating experiences that solely involved sexual intercourse. The term “hook up” in the high school and college aged generations today has expanded to just kissing, sexual intercourse, or anything in between. The researchers test two different age groups with different sets of questions. The college students were asked what they considered a hook up was, what caused the hook up, who it was with, when does it end, and how they feel after. The middle school and high school student’s questions were mainly focused on the relation between alcohol and drugs relationship with parents, academic performance, and the amount of times they have hooked up with someone.
The main purpose of this article was to open up the discussion on how common hooking up is in our society today despite the obvious health risk. This research was also done to determine how this generation defines “hooking up”. Majority of the students tested agreed that a hookup usually happened with someone who they were not in a relationship with. In college students, 35% felt regretful afterwards and 27% felt happy. Out of the 148 college students tested, 42% of women and 46% of men all said that they have had a “terrible hooking up experience.” It was proven in the survey that was given to the middle and high school students that problem behaviors, such as drinking and smoking, did increase the possibility of that student to have had one or more hook ups. Using “hook up” as a vague term can be positive in that student’s peers are not as judging when given information about the encounter, especially in adolescent girls. A negative way the vagueness of the term is used is that someone could think he/she is more experienced or less experienced then they really are which could increase disappointment or emotion. It seems that in our society “hooking up” outside of a relationship is not a big deal. It happens so often among the current generation of students that some even get made fun of for not partaking in the activities that are under the huge category of “hooking up”.
Fortunato, L., Young, A. M., Boyd, C. J., & Fons, C. E. (2010). Hook-up sexual experiences and problem behaviors among adolescents. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 19, 261-278. doi:10.1080/1067828X.2010.488965