What is “Hooking Up”? An Analysis of the Hookup Definition

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Suarez, Hailey
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The definition of “hooking up” ranges from kissing to vaginal sex and seems to rely on the eyes of the beholder. This makes it a family resemblance concept, a term for which there is no unique commonality between the activities it is meant to represent, and which can only be understood through various similarities to other family members. An alternate approach would be to define the term through necessary and sufficient conditions, however, in this case, such a definition is impossible. This research may be helpful for risk-awareness campaigns and therapists working with individuals who participate in hooking up.