The shift from dating to hooking up in college

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Come to think of it, I must have confused many a friend when inviting them over to watch TV, as a result of misusing the term.

At least they realized what I was actually asking of them, avoiding a potentially awkward situation.

Alcohol is often involved, resulting in lowered inhibitions (Bogel, 2007).

Whereas men typically initiate dates, either males or females can initiate a hookup. As the term is intentionally vague, it can describe an array of behaviors which may or may not involve sexual intercourse.

It suggests that these encounters are becoming increasingly normative among adolescents and young adults in North America and can best be understood from a biopsychosocial perspective.The rise of the term "Netflix and chill" further illustrates this need.A Netflix and chill invitation enables people to alert others of their interest, without having to be formal or explicit.The APA Office of CE in Psychology retains responsibility for the program. In the United States, the age when people first marry and reproduce has been pushed back dramatically, while at the same time the age of puberty has dropped, resulting in an era in which young adults are physiologically able to reproduce but not psychologically or socially ready to "settle down" and begin a family (Bogle, 2007; Garcia & Reiber, 2008).These developmental shifts, research suggests, are some of the factors driving the increase in sexual "hookups," or uncommitted sexual encounters, part of a popular cultural change that has infiltrated the lives of emerging adults throughout the Western world.

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