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The hook-up encounter between young people holds a reputation of an exciting and passionate experience indicative of a liberal society, but what are the actual effects on us?
Jesse Owen and his team of researchers in the US examined factors associated with hook-up behaviours in college students recently. The team also explored the emotional impact such experiences can have and their findings recommend caution be taken by students.
Hook-up behaviour entails an intimate sexual encounter between people outside of a committed relationship with the mutual understanding that no future relationship is expected. Fascinating insights into the psychology of attraction can be found in Speed Dating Undressed: Perceived Similarity Triumphs in Love.
Previous studies have shown that over half of all university students report having hooked-up at some point in the preceding 12 months. Research has also revealed a link between hook-up behaviours and mental and physical risk factors such as contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) and experiencing depression.
Researchers suggest the prevalence of casual sexual encounters may be symptomatic of the dissolution of traditional relationship structures and expectations.
As the team further predicted, hook-up behaviour was correlated with higher parental income which they suggest may mediate the behaviour by allowing students more free-time to socialise. Interestingly, studies focusing on adolescent sexual trends indicate a correlation between lower parental income and increased casual sex and teen pregnancy.