Popular pro-hookup same-sex representations have also emerged in television series like "Queer as Folk" and "The L-Word." When it comes to real life, most of today's young adults report some casual sexual experience.The most recent data suggest that between 60 percent and 80 percent of North American college students have had some sort of hook-up experience.This feature will provide you with updates on critical developments in psychology, drawn from peer-reviewed literature and written by leading psychology experts."CE Corner" appears in the February 2012, April, July/August and November issues of the Monitor.Hookups — defined in this article as brief uncommitted sexual encounters between individuals who are not romantic partners or dating each other — have emerged from more general social shifts taking place during the last century.
Influencing this shift in sexuality is popular culture.
Hook-up activities may include a wide range of sexual behaviors, such as kissing, oral sex and penetrative intercourse.
However, these encounters often transpire without any promise of — or desire for — a more traditional romantic relationship.
The media suggest that uncommitted sex, or hookups, can be both physically and emotionally enjoyable and occur without "strings." The 2009 film "Hooking Up," for example, details the chaotic romantic and sexual lives of adolescent characters.
Another film, "No Strings Attached," released in 2011, features two friends negotiating a sexual, yet nonromantic, component of their relationship.