Hook-Ups Can Lead to Love
A one-night stand might turn into a serious relationship, a new study says.
Finally, science steps up to prove what my generation, and the generations before us, have been saying all along: Hookup culture isn’t killing relationships.
University of Iowa sociologist Anthony Paik’s survey of 642 adults in Chicago initially found that “average relationship quality was higher for individuals who waited until things were serious to have sex compared to those who became sexually involved in ‘hookups,’ ‘friends with benefits,’ or casual dating relationships,” according to a press release. But when he controlled for people who had zero interest in having a relationship, that difference disappeared. “Couples who became sexually involved as friends or acquaintances and were open to a serious relationship ended up just as happy as those who dated and waited.” Says Paik: Read more