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What Does "Hook Up" Really Mean?

What We Talk About When We Talk About Hooking Up


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The word "hookup" gets thrown around everywhere - from people at school to movie characters to Kelly Clarkson. So what does everybody mean? Kissing? Sex? Something in between?

Well, it kinda depends on whom you ask: As you can see, there isn't a clear definition of "hookup." Some people might mean sexual intercourse, while other people might just mean kissing. If you really want to know the gory details, you'll have to ask them what they're talking about.

There's one thing everybody agrees on, though: hooking up happens outside of relationships. There's no commitment involved, meaning that if you hook up, the other person might have no expectations of hooking up with you again - and many hookups stay one-night stands.

If you've got your own definition of "hookup," share it here!
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