But for the curious college student, it’s important to realize that sexual identities can be fluid, rather than fixed.For a number of young adults, labels around sexuality don’t always correlate with their actions."But this hooking-up culture is risky, so how can we help educate them so if they're part of the subculture, they can engage in it safely?
And of course, the Boy Scouts have since reversed their position too.
Men were more likely than women to say they had a hookup, at 63 percent of men versus 45 percent of women.
[10 Facts about the Teen Brain]But students' perceptions of hookups were out of line with the reality.
But chatter about hookups can increase acceptance of the encounters, said study researcher Amanda Holman, a doctoral student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
That's troubling, Holman said, because hookups are often spontaneous and involve alcohol, making it less likely that students will protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and pregnancy."The more that [students] talked to their peers about it, the more likely that they're going to be accepting of the risky behavior," Holman told Live Science.
"And the more likely that you're going to engage in it."Hooking up Holman and her colleagues queried 274 college students on how they defined the term "hookup" and how often they themselves hooked up.