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

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

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Alexia LaFata

Alexia is a Writer for Elite Daily and one of the most inquisitive people you will ever meet. Currently a senior at Boston College, Alexia is really bad at movies (except documentaries because she obsessively watches those), controlling her portion sizes, being appropriately affectionate towards animals, tweeting, and hiding her feelings. She's a classic ENFJ who was once described as "painfully enthusiastic" -- and is still mulling over it. You can e-mail her at alafata@elitedaily.com or check out more of her writing at http://alexialafata.com. Or do both.

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