According to the researchers, "because a hook-up can refer to kissing and petting as well as sexual intercourse, adolescent girls can disclose during post-encounter commentary with peers without having to worry about being considered a "prude" or a "slut"".
The term's vagueness can, however, lead to differing expectations among participants and emotionally painful consequences.
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Fielder and Carey's research suggests that the two most salient predictors of sexual hook-ups consist of the number of past hook-up partners and the individual's intoxication level.
Alcohol may play a key role in creating a culture of hook-ups as it lowers individuals' inhibitions and gives them the ‘liquid courage' to approach an-out-of-my-league crush.
Women should instead look for a partner who is committed to the relationship. Hook-Up Sexual Experiences and Problem Behaviors Among Adolescents.
The tenets of evolutionary theory, influence of alcohol, perceptions of teens, and images portrayed in the media suggest that men are encouraged to hook-up and those that do are elevated to a god-like status after each conquest. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 19(1), 261-278.
Consequently, any one who has sex with an underage individual, regardless of the circumstances, is guilty of a crime.