Men are more likely than women to use Tinder to seek out casual sexual encounters. Overall, there was a perception that sexual norms are far more permissive on spring break vacation than at home, providing an atmosphere of greater sexual freedom and the opportunity for engaging in new sexual experiences. Individuals who started by hooking up tended to develop a full relationship later, if that was their goal going in. Hooking up became a widespread practice among young people in the s and s. Today, researchers say, casual sex rather than dating is the primary path for young people into a relationship. Recreational or social sex refers to sexual activities that focus on sexual pleasure without a romantic emotional aspect or commitment. Prevalence[ edit ] Research suggests that as many as two-thirds to three-quarters of American students have casual sex at least once during college. Other common casual sex venues are dorms, frat houses, bars, dance clubs, cars, and in public places or wherever is available at the time. Anonymous sex is a form of one-night stand or casual sex between people who have very little or no history with each other, often engaging in sexual activity on the same day of their meeting and usually never seeing each other again afterwards. Hookup culture A "hookup" colloquial American English is a casual sexual encounter involving physical pleasure without necessarily including emotional bonding or long-term commitment; it can range from kissing for example, making out to other sexual activities. This app is used for a variety of reasons, one of which is casual hookups. They are not in an exclusive romantic relationship , and probably never will be. Researchers say that what differentiates hooking up from casual sex in previous generations of young people is the "virtual disappearance" of dating, which had been dominant from the postwar period onwards. Black and Latino students are less likely to hook up, as are evangelical Christian students and working-class students.