Canadian researchers (Herold & Mewhinney, 1993) confirmed this in a study of college students more than 20 years ago: How They Met, 1993 The two studies had different parameters, but it appears not much has changed.Meanwhile, for college students, spring break remains prime time for hook-ups.I’ve been happily coupled for 45 years, but I have some regrets about my relationship. So studies that assess only regret provide little insight into hook-ups’ actual emotional impact.
Which suggests that, post-hook-up, around 16% of young adults should primarily feel regret, while 84% probably feel differently.
Young adulthood is a time of sexual experimentation, and unfortunately many experiments fail.
Do Hook-Ups Threaten or Preclude Committed Relationships?
Critics of casual sex consider hook-ups proof that young adults disdain committed relationships. When University of Louisville researchers (Owen & Fincham, 2011) asked 500 hook-up-experienced undergraduates how they felt about commitment, 65% of the women and 45% of the men said they hoped their hook-ups would long-term relationships.
This may sound hasty, but, then, spring break is brief; vacationing students are horny and outgoing; and alcohol is abundant.
The Alcohol Connection Katy Perry’s 2010 hit Alcohol has always played a major role in casual sex and it continues to be key to hook-ups today.Or are a few women having a huge amount of casual sex with a variety of men, enough to make up for many women who do not "revel" in it?A couple of decades ago, a perception expert named Wilson Bryan Key, wrote a series of books on how sex was sold to people on a subliminal level to get them to buy useless products.In addition, 51% of the women and 42% of the men said that during hook-ups, they’d discussed the possibility of proceeding to greater commitment.From Pregnant Puritans to Dating to Hook-Ups Every generation comes of age in a burst of sexual exuberance that includes casual sex their elders find unsettling.A study of Northeastern University students found similar results: 78% of students reported hook-ups, but only about a third of encounters included intercourse.