A 1995 study of Canadian students who had traveled to Florida for spring break, found the key elements of a spring break vacation to include a group holiday with friends traveling and rooming together, a perpetual party atmosphere, high alcohol consumption, sexually suggestive contests and displays, and the perception that casual sex is common.
This stands in contrast to swinger couples who are already in committed relationships and are only seeking compatible friends with whom they can engage in recreational sex.
Recreational or social sex refer to sexual activities that focus on sexual pleasure without a romantic emotional aspect or commitment.
Swingers in the lifestyle engage in casual sex with others for a variety of reasons.
For many, an advantage is the increased quality, quantity and frequency of sex.
Some couples see swinging as a healthy outlet and means to strengthen their relationship.
Others regard such activities as merely social and recreational interaction with others.Anonymous sex is a form of one-night stand or casual sex between people who have very little or no history with each other, often engaging in sexual activity on the same day of their meeting and usually never seeing each other again afterwards.Friends with benefits is where two people have sex with someone they generally consider a friend or someone they are fairly close to.Data on gay and lesbian students show mixed results, as some research shows that they engage in hookups at the same rate as heterosexual students while others suggest that it occurs less due to college parties not always being gay-friendly, as most hookups occur at such gatherings.Many specialist online dating services or other Internet websites, known as "adult personals" or "adult matching" sites, cater to people looking for a purely physical relationship, without emotional attachments.Researchers say that what differentiates hooking up from casual sex in previous generations of young people is the "virtual disappearance" of dating, which had been dominant from the postwar period onwards.