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February 20, 2007

social phenomenon-march 8

The term hooking up did not evolve until the late 90s early 2000s. It evolved into a term so widely used because everything at that time involved sex, bare flesh and girls and boys. All the magazine ads went from girls baring class to girls baring chests. This was a time when all the commonly know terms on dating changed to new, more sexually advanced terms. The term “dating” became old news while the term “hooking up” became what all teenage girls around America spoke about. Over time, the term hooking up transformed from “meeting someone/hanging out” to “having sexual relations”. The influence of the media and the different magazine advertisements had a lot to do with why this term changed its meaning. The term hooking up differs for every culture, individual and generation. The idea that hooking up has evolved is shown in the article, Pluralistic Ignorance and Hooking Up written by Kevin J Apple. He shows that the term hooking up is so common when he says, “However, today on college campuses across the United States what was once viewed as problematic has now become normative, and students refer to this process as "hooking up”( http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&se=gglsc&d=5001963386&er=deny). With this said, hooking up is a social phenomenon because of how recent the term is and how the term itself has changed significantly from hanging out to having sexual feelings.
Also, when discussing this topic with my parents, I noticed that hooking up has so many meanings. My parents consider it hanging out with a friend while I consider it having sexual relations. Either definition, the term itself has become a social phenomenon.

Posted by chloe at February 20, 2007 08:20 PM

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