Some women feel used during hook-ups—some men do, too. Those who fear that hook-ups threaten young adults’ well-being often assume that soon after, many—particularly women—feel regret.
But according to this study, plenty of young women participate not because they feel exploited, but because they to. Several studies have documented post-hook-up regret: about regret, ignoring other possible reactions.
This may sound hasty, but, then, spring break is brief; vacationing students are horny and outgoing; and alcohol is abundant.
The Alcohol Connection Katy Perry’s 2010 hit Alcohol has always played a major role in casual sex and it continues to be key to hook-ups today.
To investigate, University of Portland researchers (Monto & Carey, 2014) analyzed data from the General Social Survey (GSS).
A couple of decades ago, a perception expert named Wilson Bryan Key, wrote a series of books on how sex was sold to people on a subliminal level to get them to buy useless products.Which suggests that, post-hook-up, around 16% of young adults should primarily feel regret, while 84% probably feel differently.Young adulthood is a time of sexual experimentation, and unfortunately many experiments fail.Do Hook-Ups Threaten or Preclude Committed Relationships?Critics of casual sex consider hook-ups proof that young adults disdain committed relationships. When University of Louisville researchers (Owen & Fincham, 2011) asked 500 hook-up-experienced undergraduates how they felt about commitment, 65% of the women and 45% of the men said they hoped their hook-ups would long-term relationships.I’ve been happily coupled for 45 years, but I have some regrets about my relationship. So studies that assess only regret provide little insight into hook-ups’ actual emotional impact.