It's a way for them [students] to communicate about it but without having to reveal details. Amanda Hess, writing for GOODgoes so far as to say that the vagueness of the term could help both men and women dodge the judgments others might make about their sexual behavior: In a sexist sexual climate, "we hooked up" could be the great equalizer. Despite the ambiguity of the term "hookup," 84 percent of students reported that they had discussed theirs with friends in the previous four months. How do you define "hooking up? It seems the phrase offers a way of divulging information -- which, yes, could still be considered gossip -- but also provides an element of mystery about the encounter, which could protect privacy in some cases.
The fact that participants were divided along gender lines when it came to reporting their hook up experiences comes as no surprise.
'Hooking Up' -- What Does It Really Mean?
For a list of alternate euphemisms, see below. Holman sees this as a response to the increased pressure on men to exaggerate their level of sexual activity, she wrote. Ever feel like "hook up" isn't euphemistic enough? And in today's social media-obsessed, oversharing culture, that's not a bad thing. Since "hookup" serves as a catch-all for everything from intercourse to passing out while spooning, the term could help mitigate the gender-based social pressures and stigmas attached to sexual relationships