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The Casual Sex You’re Having Can Actually Have Positive Psychological Benefits

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Alexia LaFata

It turns out that it really doesn’t matter how you live your sex life. According to a new study done by Social Psychology and Personality Sciencecasual sex can have lots of benefits, but only if you actually like casual sex.

The researchers asked undergraduate students whether or not they viewed casual sex in a positive light and whether or not they actively sought it out. The participants’ sexual activities were then reported over the course of an academic year.

Those who viewed casual sex in a positive light reported feeling higher levels of well-being — more confidence and less depression and anxiety — after engaging in casual sex than what they felt when they did not engage in it.

Undergraduates who viewed it in a negative light reported feeling a boost in well-being after having casual sex, too, but it wasn’t anything significant. No identifiable gender differences were reported.

It’s difficult to do overarching research about the significance of casual sex. It’s true that sex relieves stress and offers senses of fulfillment, and many people do seek it out for these very benefits. However, lots of times, researchers tend to try to approach casual sex with a one-response-fits-all model.

They attempt to say that a positive impact for one person has the same meaning as a positive impact for someone else. The same goes for a negative impact.

The study only used a small sample of undergraduate students, so it’s not the be-all-end-all of studies about sexuality.

However, the basic premise sounds reasonable: If you’re into casual sex, it’ll make you feel good, and if you’re not, it won’t do much. Basically, do whatever you want. No harm done either way.

via: Science Of Us, Photo Courtesy: We Heart It

Alexia LaFata

Alexia LaFata

Staff Writer

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