Current theological literature on dating emphasizes issues of premarital sex and chastity.
At the same time, recent sociological research suggests that dating is being replaced by the alternative practice called “hooking up” among college-age students.
If someone really likes another person, the operating (and dominant) social consensus is to “take it slow.” Thus it appears socially acceptable to do “whatever” with someone sexually who is “just a hookup,” but the situation changes if one is potentially interested in forming a post-hookup relationship.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the second leading method was female sterilization (used by 10.3 million, most of whom are over the age of 35), followed by the condom (used by about 9 million women and their partners).
See Some, but not all, of the factors influencing location choice include: who lives closer to where the two met? On the surface this appears illogical: why would students be more sexually intimate with someone they did not really like?
The irony, according to Bogle, is that many college students in her study admitted it was not smart to become overly sexual with a hookup partner if one actually wanted to begin a relationship with the partner.
The report also notes the substantial changes in contraceptive use over the past thirty years.
The most common method of contraception in the 1970s was the birth control pill, followed by the condom and withdrawal method.
That is, the goals of men and women in this culture begin to diverge after freshman year: men are more able to enjoy the status quo while some women begin to want something more.A key issue not addressed in these discussions is whether the current generation's contraceptive practices influence the decision to hook up rather than date.I argue that one cause of younger women's sexual assertiveness today is the increased use of contraception, which in turn promotes a mentality that sustains the practice of hooking up and an insufficient anthropology.Additionally, the CDC reports that the condom is the leading method at first intercourse, while the pill is the leading method of women under 30.See “Use of Contraception and Use of Family Planning Services in the United States: 1982–2002,” 8 January 2009).