People do have freedom to experiment, and they shouldn’t feel confined to labels, says Alicia Walker, Ph.
D., co-author of the study and an assistant professor of sociology at Missouri State University.
Through a survey of more than 24,000 university students, researchers found that many people engaging in same-sex hookups identify as heterosexual.
One in 4 women and 1 in 8.5 men in college whose most recent hookup was with a partner of the same sex consider themselves straight.
Sex outside of relationships is not new, Holman said, but people are increasingly willing to talk about it over the last few decades.
She said she next plans to look at how parents and college staff can talk to students about hookup culture to ensure that safety comes first."You're not trying to tell students what to do," Holman said.
Likewise, only 37 percent of people reported having two or more hookups, but 90 percent of students believed that at least two hookups were "typical" for their peers.Men were more likely than women to say they had a hookup, at 63 percent of men versus 45 percent of women.[10 Facts about the Teen Brain]But students' perceptions of hookups were out of line with the reality.Sam Nitz knew he was gay in 6th grade, and even though he only dated and hooked up with men during his time at University of Wisconsin-Madison, he waited until his senior year to come out publicly.