The Current Collegiate Hookup Culture provides a holistic picture of the current hookup culture in American college campuses. Based on the findings from a nationally representative survey, Aditi Paul demonstrates that hookups initiated through dating apps are fundamentally different from hookups that ensue from conventional meeting contexts. By comparing the socio-demographic and psychological profiles of students who report meeting their hookup partners through dating apps compared to other venues, she examines if and how hookup scripts and the physical and emotional outcomes of hookups differ across meeting contexts. Furthermore, she explores the potential effect of sexually permissive practices and impresses the importance of including international students into the larger conversation surrounding hookup culture. The Current Collegiate Hookup Culture calls into question long-held gender-specific beliefs about the collegiate hookup culture and advocates moving past dated assumptions for an understanding that more accurately represents the current hookup culture in American college campuses.
Aditi Paul is professor of communication studies at Pace University.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Hookups: An Integral Part of the American College Experience
Chapter 2: Examining Socio-demographic and Psychological Correlates of College Student Hookups
Chapter 3: Meeting Context for Hookups: Parties, School, Dating Apps, and Work
Chapter 4: What Happens During a Hookup? Analysis of College Students’ Hookup Scripts
Chapter 5: The Positive and Negative Outcomes of Hooking Up
Chapter 6: Sugar Dating: An Alternate Route to Casual Sex
Chapter 7: International Students: The Overlooked Student Population in Hookup Literature
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"In The Current Collegiate Hookup Culture, scholar Aditi Paul enters the 15-year long conversation that's been going on about hooking up to not only add to it, but to update it. From Tinder to sugaring, Paul's research shows how dating apps are changing the nature of college sex and hookups as well as student attitudes about them, and perhaps most importantly, takes another look at the topic of sexual assault within this same landscape. This is essential reading for scholars and students interested in the contemporary conversation about sex on campus and all that goes with it."
"In this book, Aditi Paul provides us with a thoughtful and carefully argued account of hookup cultures in US college campuses. This book takes us across online dating apps alongside conventional meetings contexts to establish how these different sexual sites offer different possibilities for the expression of gender and sexuality. The book offers a welcome emphasis on sugar dating and casual sex while expanding and ‘challenging the generalisability’ of US hookup cultures in relation to the experience of international students. This compelling book demonstrates the changing nature of hookup cultures in contemporary times, the challenges to gender norms while keeping a firm lens on the enduring patterns of inequalities within relationship dynamics."
"Dr. Paul provides a much-needed modernization of our understanding of hookup culture on campuses. This book explores both the social context of hooking up, motivations for doing so, and the psychological impact of hooking up on young adults. In particular, Dr. Paul’s research on the role of dating apps for racial minority and sexual minority students illustrates how these technologies connect people who might otherwise feel isolated, providing benefits as well as risks."
“Dr. Paul has given us a careful and fascinating study of the collegiate hookup culture with great insights into the historical roots of casual sexual encounters.”
"Aditi Pauls' study of "hookup culture" transcends mainstream academic critiques of dating behaviors and practices among college students. Grounded in a nationally representative sample of college students, this study is one of the most thoughtful, if not provocative, studies of "hookup culture." Paul illuminates uncharted areas of analysis that problematizes past assumptions and research findings on hookup culture. Moreover, this excellent text avoids moralistic pitfalls that characterize similar texts while also pointing out potential problems derived from this practice. A must read for anyone teaching in higher education."
"The Current Collegiate Hookup Culture provides invaluable insights into young people and hooking-up practices across US Campuses. Covering a range of themes, including online dating, mobile dating, sugar daddies, and international students experience of dating, this book is an excellent resource that provides a thoroughly comprehensive review of the literature in the field. Furthermore, this book provides rare empirical evidence of what actually happens when ‘hooking up.’ As a result, a number of the findings challenge conventional understandings, thus enabling new ways to think about and understand hooking up and dating. This book, with its clearly written chapters and easy to understand summaries, is a must-read for students, researchers, academics, policymakers and anyone interested in an up-to-date understanding of hook-up culture and dating more generally!"
"Aditi Paul has written an important book on hook-up culture that confirms, challenges, and expands our current understanding of the sexual attitudes and practices of college students. This book is notable for its consistent focus on LGBTQ students and an important focus on international students that will create paths for new research."
"Dr. Paul’s book offers an impressively engaging, accessible, and broad review of extant and original research findings on a wide array of questions about hookup relationships. Researchers, teachers, and health providers who work with US college student populations and have interest in understanding the topography of short-term sexual relationships among young adults will find this book to be an essential addition to their collection."
"Sexual desire, attraction, and activity are as ancient as humanity itself. However, the ways in which people meet and sexually engage with desirable partners are continually changing. In this captivating study by Aditi Paul, the casual sex interaction or 'hookup' is explored in depth. Focusing on a population of university students, Dr. Paul investigates such things as the demographic, psychology, and the positive and negative outcomes of hookups, and even what happens during a hookup. Fascinating and unexpected results await the reader, results that call long-held views of gender and sexuality into question. Dr. Paul’s valuable study is crucial reading for anyone who wants to understand the nature of casual sex."
"Aditi Paul’s excellent book elegantly nestles her timely research into the larger narrative of previous empirical inquiry into hookup culture on college campuses in the United States. An engaging and important read for anyone in higher education, the book provides a broad examination of hookups that considers safety, health consequences, social/psychological risks and benefits, and the ways in which hookup culture has fundamentally changed gender dynamics. Additionally, Dr. Paul’s book gives important consideration to domains not typically examined, including sugaring, the hookup experiences of international and LGBTQIA+ students, and perspectives on equity and race. Although written from an academic perspective, the book is highly engaging, full of surprising insights, and includes direct quotes from students, making it a compelling read for anyone who wants to better understand the sexual culture thriving on college campuses."
"Paul provides a detailed, thorough, and valuable account of contemporary college hookup culture that challenges several assumptions about sexual cultures and app usage. This book will be of interest to anyone who wants to better understand hookup culture, and will be an asset to gender, sexuality, and communication researchers."
“This book delivers an exciting contribution to the growing field at the intersection of intimacy and new media studies. In addition to challenging the stereotype of collegiate hookup culture, the study offers a fine-grained analysis of the role of dating apps in initiating casual sexual encounters without commitment. Paul shows that the issues of the contemporary hookup culture in American college campuses cannot be adequately understood without examining the complex intersections of ethnic and gender diversity, sexual agency, and online technology.”