SOURCE: Author Carolyn Kelley North

September 05, 2012 13:31 ET

Hookup Nation: Current Culture of Disposable Connections Addressed in New Book

Hooking Up Threatens Future of Marriage, According to Author

BOCA RATON, FL--(Marketwire - Sep 5, 2012) - From teenagers to senior citizens, a culture of "hooking up" has permeated today's romantic landscape and is threatening the future of marriage, according to therapist Carolyn Kelley North ( and author of to be released Hookup Nation.

"We are living in a world of disposable connections. In my 20 years of relationship and marriage counseling, I've seen a marked rise in one night stands, also known as 'hookups,' that is not just happening among teenagers but with singles of all ages," according to North. "With marriage rates at a record low, hooking up can prevent both women and men from achieving a meaningful relationship."

Folio Literary Management ( has announced that it will be representing North to market Hookup Nation.  At Folio, she is working with Erin Niumata who has been in publishing for over twenty-one years. Erin has edited many authors including Leon Uris, Stuart Woods, Phyllis Richman, Senator Fred Harris, Michael Lee West, Debbie Fields, Erica Jong, Brenda Maddox, Lawrence Otis Graham, Joan Rivers, Carolyn Brown, Sandy Robins, Discovery's River Monsters, Cash Cab, Extreme Couponing, Josh Shipp, TLC's - The Cake Boss, and many more. She's worked on 28 NY Times Bestsellers.

"Of course, one night stands have always occurred," according to North. "But random hookups have become so common in the dating world, that they aren't the exception, they are the rule. What has recently changed is the prevalence, frequency and acceptance of casual, emotionless sex -- to the point that it is taking the place of relationships for many today."

About Carolyn Kelley North

Carolyn Kelley North, LCSW, LMFT, is a psychotherapist and author of "How to Win Dates and Influence Relationships." She has practiced in Washington, DC and now resides and works in Boca Raton, Florida. She appeared as a relationship expert on the Oprah Winfrey Network premiere of highly rated series Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal. She has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, and numerous other publications. Carolyn is The Savvy Shrink, ( she has practiced as an individual and couples therapist for 15 years. She is a cousin of the well known self help writer, Dale Carnegie.

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