The 18-month nationwide study, sponsored by the Independent Women's Forum, looked at sexuality, dating, courtship, and marriage, and involved in-depth interviews with a diverse group of 62 college women on 11 campuses.
"Women can act like men, but women don't react like men." MTV relationship expert Drew Pinsky, MD, concurs.
They go off and do their thing." Kennedy remembers her own freshman year. For girls especially, deeper feelings sometimes develop from hook-ups, Kennedy says.
"It's not that a nice, solid relationship doesn't develop, but it's rare.
"The mantra of the sexual revolution was that women can be just like men," says Kate Kennedy, a spokeswoman for the Independent Women's Forum, the study's sponsor.
That translates today into what's known as hooking up or friends with benefits: "a guy and girl getting together for some form of physical encounter, ranging from kissing to having sex, with no expectations of anything further," she tells Web MD.