This survey asked questions like how many sexual partners they have had since graduating high school, how many sexual partners per year, and how many times per week they have sex.It was reported that a little over 59% of college students have sex once per week.Jennifer Aubrey and Siobhan Smith have found that between genders there are minimal differences when it comes to behavior and frequency in hookups; on the other hand, women still face a harder social stigma, because their social status decreases with increased sexual partners, while men's social status increases with more sexual partners. Currier, she explores how the phrase "hooking up" conveys different meanings depending on whether a man or woman uses it when describing their sexual encounters; furthermore, Currier notes that men use "hooking up" to emphasize their masculinity and heterosexuality whereas women use the phrase to preserve their femininity by being strategically ambiguous in order to downplay their sexual desires.Studies have shown that most high school girls are more interested in a relationship compared to high school boys, who are mostly interested in sex.Hooking up is engaged in for the instant gratification for sex, pleasure, a feeling of being loved, an emotional feeling of being adhered to, the thought of the potential of the hook up developing into something less casual, and many more reasons.The term "hooking up", meaning an instance of casual sex, differs from hook up culture.A hook up is an act that involves sexual intimacy, claimed by many to be a sexually liberating act.On the other hand, hook up culture is thought to be oppressive and monolithic, with intimacy only occurring within a specific context.
Another study shows that once a person has sex for their first time, it becomes less of an issue or big deal to future relationships or hook ups.
Most predictors among males and females rarely differ.
At colleges, hookups are common between students at parties, in dormitories and fraternity houses, at surrounding bars and clubs, and at popular student vacation destinations.
Historians D'Emilio and Freedman put the beginning of casual sex, including college hookups, further back in history, to the early 1800s, and explain the phenomenon as shaped by historical and cultural forces.
They give as examples planter class white men who had casual sex with enslaved African American women, and white male college students who had casual sex with both white and black women.