For example, while about 45 percent of students said they'd never hooked up with anyone, only 3.7 percent believed that the "typical student" had never hooked up.Likewise, only 37 percent of people reported having two or more hookups, but 90 percent of students believed that at least two hookups were "typical" for their peers.But chatter about hookups can increase acceptance of the encounters, said study researcher Amanda Holman, a doctoral student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.That's troubling, Holman said, because hookups are often spontaneous and involve alcohol, making it less likely that students will protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and pregnancy."The more that [students] talked to their peers about it, the more likely that they're going to be accepting of the risky behavior," Holman told Live Science.Experimenting is an important part of a lot of people’s development, she adds.
She had dated men and women, and by her senior year at Amherst in Massachusetts, she had her first girlfriend."And the more likely that you're going to engage in it."Hooking up Holman and her colleagues queried 274 college students on how they defined the term "hookup" and how often they themselves hooked up.The term can include anything from making out to sexual intercourse, Holman said, but the most common meaning among the students she studied was nonrelationship sex that was spontaneous and alcohol-driven.Safe sex Talking about hooking up, however, was common, with 84 percent of students reporting they'd talked with their friends at school about hookups.
People who talked about hooking up were more likely to approve of and take part in hookups, Holman found.
Today, people looking to experiment with same-sex relationships have more options than he did, says Nitz, and more acceptance too.