What Is Hooking Up?

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What is hooking up? According to a study in “Hooking Up” by Kathleen Bogle, she notes that hooking up is “when a girl and a guy get together for a physical encounter and don’t necessarily expect anything further” (Bogle 2). Hooking up, which has increased dramatically since the early 2000s, occurs between two young adults, most commonly on college campuses all over the country. While some believe that it is an innocuous pairing between two young adults, I strive to argue that the hook up culture represents a problematic arrangement between two young adults, as it can lead to a depressed psyche, diseases, and create unhealthy interpersonal relationships. According to Bogle, dating was prominent between college students from the 1920s to the 1960s. Thereafter, college enrollment increased, making college an important place for sexual encounters (Bogle 2). Although college is a time for young adults to experiment and discover themselves, it is also a time for them to begin making smart and healthy choices, as this is generally the first time they are leaving home and living on their own. Karen Arnold argues in her article “College Student Development and the Hook Up Culture” that identity development occurs in college and consists of three components: “developing competence, moving through autonomy toward interdependence, and developing mature interpersonal relations” (Arnold 2). If one does not properly develop competency and mature interpersonal relations, one can experience
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