Casual dating in the twenty-first century has taken on an entirely new meaning, and not just for young adults.
Casual dating is simply a social encounter with some romantic overtones between two people who want to enjoy each other's company with no expectations of further commitment.
The nature of the sexual encounter may range from kissing to intercourse.
Some commentators have suggested that girls and young women feel compelled to engage in hooking up when they would rather have exclusive relationships (see References).
While casual dating can be a legitimate way for people to get to know one another in a relaxed environment, there are some dangers involved, especially if sexual activity takes place.
Proper precautions should be taken to avoid sexually transmitted diseases.
In most cases of TDV, violence is used to get another to do what he/she wants, to gain power and control, to cause humiliation and to promote fear, and to retaliate against a partner (Foshee & Langwick, 2010).
More often than not, the group of friends consists of both sexes, with some of the friends gravitating toward one another in informal pairs, either heterosexual or homosexual.The pairs may exist only for a single encounter, or become more or less established within the group (see Resources).