Hookup Culture – Myth or Fact?

It’s expected for young adults in college to experiment with sex. The stereotypical setup is this:

Girl goes to a party. Cute girl sees cute guy. Cute people dance. Cute guy asks cute girl if they should go find a place to be alone. Cute girl says sure. Cute guy and cute girl “hookup” (no matter what the definition is – this could be anything from passionate kissing to penial/vaginal sex). Cute girl and cute guy see each other the next day but don’t talk again. Next night, cute girl sees new cute guy, yadda yadda.

But is this scenario accurate? Here’s what we know:

  • About 30-40% of hookups involve intercourse, while 25-35% are kissing/making out alone
  • Over 65% of women have contacted the last person they had hooked up with
  • 50% of hookups are people who have never hooked up previously
  • In a Canadian study, 78% of women and 72% of men have reported feelings of regret after a night of hooking up
  • Men are far more likely to orgasm during a hookup than women
  • 18-24% of college students report they are still virgins
  • About 90% of housing on campuses are co-ed, which may impact the higher college rates of hooking up on some campuses
  • 72% of people report having at least one hookup in their college experience
    • This number may seem high, but due to the broad term “hooking up” umbrellas, this could mean anything from kissing to intercourse.