A new study from New York University published earlier this month (June 2014), dispels popular misconceptions that casual sex can leave participants with low self-esteem and self-confidence following a sexual encounter with some who isn’t a long term partner.
The study, published in the journal Social Psychology and Personality Science, involved a group of NYU students who kept a weekly diary over the course of 12 weeks documenting any and all adult snuggles — and the effect those instances had on their overall well-being.
“When it came to those who were socio-sexually unrestricted, having casual sex was associated with higher self-esteem and life satisfaction and lower depression and anxiety.”, according to researchers.
“Typically, socio-sexually unrestricted individuals reported lower distress and higher thriving following casual sex, suggesting that high socio-sexuality may both buffer against any potentially harmful consequences of casual sex and allow access to its potential benefits.”
Turns out that women also do enjoy a spot of casual sex just as much as men do although previous studies reveal that women are less likely to orgasm during casual sex. There we no notable differences in results between men and women.
The research’s authors explained that “the effects of casual sex depend on the extent to which this behavior is congruent with one’s general personality tendencies.” Therefore, in other words; if you want to have casual sex, you definitely should. If you do not want to have casual sex, you should not. The main deduction of this study? You do you.