Hatfield E, Rapson RL. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development. Gender differences in casual sex in AIDS prevention: It is likely that a substantial portion of emerging adults today are compelled to publicly engage in hookups while desiring both immediate sexual gratification and more stable romantic attachments. Sex differences and similarities in initiation, selection, and dissolution.
Even more worrisome, a proportion of hookups also involve nonconsensual sex.
Sexual Hookup Culture: A Review
A review of factors influencing the sexual behavior of college students. Garcia, MacKillop, et al. There seems to be inconsistency in the scripts pertaining to the casualness and emotional investment in causal sexual encounters. Tests from 52 nations, 6 continents, and 13 islands. Presumably, these same conflicting discourse messages can make it difficult for individuals to psychologically navigate hookups, including sexual decision-making.