In Her Book, Hooking Up: Sex, Dating, And Relationships

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In her book, Hooking Up: Sex, Dating, and Relationships on Campus, Kathleen Bogle studied the different relationship trends over the past 100 years. She explained how young adults shifted from calling on each to dating each other to now hooking up with each other (Bogle 2008). In today’s society, college-aged adults have adopted the practice of hooking up, which involves different levels of intimacy (kissing to sex) without a long-term commitment to one’s partner. Throughout her research, Bogle explored the social script for hooking up and the different relationship dynamics for young adults due to this practice (2008). Due to the multiple levels of intimacy involved in hooking up, the term, “hooking up,” can indicate many different…show more content…
Bogel’s use of two different university types allowed her instantly to gain a variety of students due to different population sizes, curriculums, and residential regulations on campus. To add to the diversity of the interviewees, Bogel’s recruitment utilized random sampling. She gained students from a variety of classes on the campuses; therefore, the students could potentially have diverse academic backgrounds. As a result, the project design did not allow for any initial biases. Over the span of six years, Kathleen Bogle conducted interviews with current college students and alumni to obtain various stories and observations about the hookup trend on college campuses. She held a total of 72 interviews. She interviewed 34 men and 42 women. 51 of the interviews were with undergraduates between the ages of 18 and 23, while 25 of the interviews were with alumni between the ages of 23 and 30. Overall, 95% of the interview participants were Caucasian and heterosexual due to the lack of minority groups on the campuses (Bogel 2008). Bogle’s research is not representative of the United States population due to the lack of minorities represented in her study. Her study can only be applied to heterosexual Caucasians. Another weakness of her research design is that interviews do not allow for large sample pool like a survey; therefore, there is a risk that the participants’ responses will not be applicable to the general population. On the
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