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Posted July 9, Reviewed by Jessica Schrader. The majority of college students percent have hooked up in their lifetimes, and emerging adults have reported nearly two times as many recent hookup partners as first dates Brhaw et al. Because, by definition, hookups entail no commitment or obligation for further involvement, it is logical to think that most hookup partners part ways after one encounter and never interact again. But things may not be that simple.
A study in England, Shafer, and Fogarty, found that two-thirds of college students in a committed romantic relationship said they had hooked up with their partner before becoming exclusive. So, some hookups must develop into romantic relationships.
But how many? Eliza Weitbrecht, a doctoral student in psychology at the University of Cincinnati now a postdoctoral fellow at the Palo Alto VAand I tried to answer some of these questions by exploring the relational outcomes of hookups in a sample of college students. In this study, published in Personal Relationshipsmale and female college students all of whom had recently hooked up completed questionnaires about their most recent hookup.
We asked participants to give their most recent hookup partner a code name. Then, 10 weeks later, participants were reminded of the specific partner via the codename they had provided.
We asked them to reported on what type of interactions or relationship they currently had, if any, with that partner. The were quite interesting. The most common outcome was continued sexual involvement, which occurred in a third of cases, followed by friendshipreported by 28 percent of the sample.
Somewhat surprisingly, 23 percent of participants reported that they were now romantically involved in some way with the hookup partner: 11 percent were in a casual or undefined romantic relationship, and another 12 percent were in an exclusive, committed relationship. While, consistent with stereotypical notions, some hookups included no further interactions between partners, this was true in less than one-fifth of cases. Further, hookups led to continued sexual involvement only in about a third of cases. However, our data suggest that, just as often, hookup partners become friends.
But at the same time, these findings suggest that hookups sometimes are the start of a path that young couples take toward developing a more traditional romantic relationship.
For young people interested in starting a relationship, the trick may be to figure out which outcome is most likely if they hook up with that person they find attractive. Brhaw, C. To hook up or date: Which gender benefits?
Sex Roles, 62, — Sarah Whitton, Ph. Sarah Whitton Ph. New research describes what happens between partners after a hookup. References Brhaw, C. About the Author. Read Next. Back Psychology Today. Back Find a Therapist. Back Get Help. Personality Passive Aggression Personality Shyness. Family Life Child Development Parenting. View Help Index. Do I Need Help? Back Magazine. July Who Is the True You? Back Today. Essential Re.New Zealand only hook up now
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