U.S. Millennials and The Hook-Up Culture: An Online Descriptive Survey of Hook-Up Attitudes, Beliefs, and Experiences
Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
The purpose of this online survey study was to collect and analyze the attitudes and experiences of 18-24-year-old U.S. millennials. Previous studies have focused exclusively upon hook-up attitudes and experiences among college students using mostly paper-and-pencil surveys or interviews, this study described hook-up experiences and attitudes using a sample of U.S. millennials who were not enrolled full-time in college. Using a Qualtrics panel, 106 respondents (54 males and 52 females), 66 with prior hooking-up experience and 40 with no prior experience, completed an online demographic survey and The Millennial Hook-Up Attitudes and Beliefs Survey. The results revealed more than half of the respondents reported being a part of the hook-up culture and having some prior hooking-up experiences. A majority reported that at least 1-25 peers shared hook-up stories with them. Respondents without prior experience reported significantly more positive attitudes about hooking-up compared to the respondents with prior hooking-up experience. The respondents preferred the use of social media apps (i.e., Tinder) to arrange hook ups. The positives to hooking-up included the lack of commitment and the social excitement. The negatives were the risk of infection, pregnancy, and negative social repercussions. As this population, and those that follow, grows, recommendations include conducting more informed studies to provide insight into industries and various professional settings that are working and growing alongside the aging millennial population and its successors.
Maida, Allyson S., "U.S. Millennials and The Hook-Up Culture: An Online Descriptive Survey of Hook-Up Attitudes, Beliefs, and Experiences" (2018). Education Doctoral. Paper 403.
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