Study on College Hook-Ups

ByABC News via logo
July 26, 2001, 8:31 AM

N E W   Y O R K, July 26 -- The phrase "hooking up" takes on a very specific meaning on most American college campuses.

Ninety-one percent of college women say a "hook-up culture" defines their campus, and a new study reveals they are right.

The report, titled "Hooking Up, Hanging Out, and Hoping for Mr. Right: College Women on Mating and Dating Today," indicates that casual sexual encounters are a big part of college life.

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If you have been off campus for some time now, you might not be too familiar with the hook-up. Three-fourths of those in the study agree on the following definition The Hook-Up: When a girl and a guy get together for a physical encounter and don't necessarily expect anything further. A physical encounter can be anything from kissing to intercourse.

The report says the hook-up can happen in public places such as bars or dorms. And they almost always happen when the two parties who hook up have been drinking or are drunk.

Forty percent of the women in the study said they had experienced a hook-up. One in 10 reported having done so more than six times. At the same time, 63 percent said they want to meet a future husband at college and 83 percent said marriage is a major goal in life.

The study, commissioned by the Independent Women's Forum and released by, the campus project of IWF, is based on telephone interviews with 1,000 college women nationwide and in-depth interviews with more than 60 students.

Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of the MTV show Loveline, said the desire women show for commitment in the face of so many casual encounters suggests they fear asserting their true wishes. Pinksy told ABCNEWS' Good Morning America that the college campus is a young mans' perfect world.

"For the men, this is a very comfortable situation. I tour the country and speak to colleges all across the land, and I'll tell you that women are at best ambivalent about that and very commonly disillusioned," Pinsky said

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