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Research Article

Hooking up in the Twenty-First Century

Alison Marganski1* and Kelly Fauth2

1 Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Virginia Wesleyan College , USA

2 Virginia Wesleyan College, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Alison Marganski
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
Virginia Wesleyan College, USA
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Received Date: July 15, 2013; Accepted Date: August 23, 2013; Published Date: August 26, 2013

Citation: Marganski A, Fauth K (2013) Hooking up in the Twenty-First Century. Social Crimonol 1:102. doi: 10.4172/2375-4435.1000102

Copyright: © 2013 Marganski A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


This study presents an exploratory analysis of the meaning of “hooking up” based on 1) academic literature, and 2) the perspective of college students from differing backgrounds. The authors investigated definitions of hooking up based on scholarly articles derived from search engine results and then from college students’ responses to an open-ended question on an online survey (N=358). Coding was used to identify themes that emerged from the data with the goal of understanding what the phrase means and whether the research is in line with students’ perspectives. Additionally, the authors sought to examine whether differences exist based on demographic variables. The findings revealed that the phrase “hooking up” predominantly represents sexual behavior ranging from kissing to sexual intercourse in the research base, but has been more narrowly constructed among college students. Gender differences also emerged, with males being more likely than females to view hooking up as involving sex rather than a broader range of sexual behaviors. A discussion follows and highlights directions for future research.


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