And apps like Tinder have made it quick and easy to meet up with other people looking for the same thing. In the recent decade, more and more people have been experimenting with their sexuality, as society has become more accepting toward a spectrum of sexual orientations. Homosexuality, bisexuality, and asexuality are just of few of the identities that have become more visible, and hookup culture may be partially to thank for that.
In order to discover your sexuality, you have to experiment, often times with several people. Hookup culture may allow people to experiment with different genders, or even just different preferences when it comes to sex, without the commitment to one person.
Just like how a more causal approach to dating can help someone sort out their sexual identity, it can also help people figure out what sort of relationship they are ultimately looking for. Maybe you prefer being independent, knowing you have the option of hooking up with someone once in a while? Maybe you prefer being with the same person consistently, or maybe you prefer sampling a pool of potential partners?
Being with one person in a long-term relationship requires effort from both partners and a willingness to resolve conflict when it inevitably arises. Especially for college students balancing school, finances, friends, and other commitments, being in a long-term relationship can seem unmanageable.