, Tinder is the harbinger of today's hookup-fueled "dating apocalypse." But the truth of the matter is, hooking up isn't anything new (and may in fact be hardwired into our genetics).
Canadian researchers (Herold & Mewhinney, 1993) confirmed this in a study of college students more than 20 years ago: How They Met, 1993 The two studies had different parameters, but it appears not much has changed.
Meanwhile, for college students, spring break remains prime time for hook-ups.
Over the past decade, the media have published breathless—and often ominous—reports of young adults engaging in “hook-ups,” a supposedly new type of casual hyper-sex in quickie, promiscuous relationships. I've reviewed the now-substantial research literature on hook-ups and discovered that the more the media (and some researchers) say that young adult sex has changed, the more it’s actually remained pretty much the same. The media did not use the term “hook-up” in a sexual/relationship context until the late 1990s, and it did not spread widely until 2006.
Which raises a question: Did something change in young American sexuality during the first decade of the current century?
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.
Other studies have investigated not just regret but a full range of possible emotional reactions.
To investigate, University of Portland researchers (Monto & Carey, 2014) analyzed data from the General Social Survey (GSS).
The GSS, funded by the National Science Foundation since 1973, is the only in-depth, ongoing, national interview-based survey of American beliefs and behavior.
Which suggests that, post-hook-up, around 16% of young adults should primarily feel regret, while 84% probably feel differently.