60-80% of College, 61% of High School Students Have Hooked Up

C. Price

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How common is hooking up among college and high school students?

According to new research studies, 60 to 80 percent of American college students and 61 percent of sexually active high school students have had some sort of hookup experience.

The research, which is soon to be published in the book “The End of Sex: How Hookup Culture is Leaving a Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused About Intimacy,” also found 49 percent of female college students and 26 percent of male college students felt negatively about their hookup.


“Sixty to 80 percent of college students and 61 percent

of high school students have had a hookup.”

The research showed hooking up correlates with depression and low self-esteem among young people, and hookups are more likely to result in nonconsensual sex and undesired sex acts than intimacy shared within a relationship.

Hooking up also correlated strongly with excess alcohol consumption, drug use and a larger number of sexual partners over the previous year.

The research found individuals often wanted a relationship with the person they hooked up with, but those individuals almost never expected a relationship to result from the hookup.

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