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Heterosexual Women and Dating

Dating is defined as a relationship between two people based on mutual attraction. Dating begins during puberty and is used as a way to explore social and sexual relationships with others. While dating takes place throughout the lifetime, most dating occurs during high school or college. Maintaining these social and sexual relationships with others during adolescence marks an important developmental milestone. Since the early 2000s, the Internet has significantly changed the “landscape” of dating, making it easier for people to meet others through online dating websites. This entry discusses heterosexual women’s dating patterns and behaviors.

Hooking Up

Hookups, which have become more common since the mid-1990s, include different behaviors such as kissing, intimate touching, oral sex, and sexual intercourse, but hooking up is broadly defined as participating ...

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