Here’s How Your One-Night Stand Really Feels After Casual Sex

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WARNING: Contains content of a sexual nature.

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Casual sex is on the up (ahem), with almost half of us having had a one-night stand.

With the increase of dating apps and the decrease in sexual societal taboos, this stat is hardly surprising. But researchers have now found that most people experience negative emotions after casual sex.

The study, based in Norway, Brazil and North America, asked people under 30 how they felt after having no-strings-attached sex.

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Published in the Evolutionary Behavioural Sciences, the results show a divergence between why men and women feel unhappy after casual sex.

According to the anecdotal – and by no means conclusive – evidence, women would like to feel more intimacy post-casual-coitus whereas men worry about creating distance between themselves and their ‘fuck buddies’ (ew).

Study co-author Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair said:

There’s nothing new about some people having negative feelings after sex.

But why? How can something that starts out good result in such negative emotions?

The sexual act itself can reinforce the ties between the parties if the right hormones are triggered.

But for the partner who gains the most from moving on to other potential short-term partners, it more often triggers a feeling of distance instead.

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The researchers identified the most common feels we apparently have after sex and the list reads like a blow-by-blow account of the public’s reactions to the American Presidential Election.

10 most common post-coital feelings:

1. The need to be comforted
2. Feeling of worthlessness
3. Tearfulness
4. Feeling of helplessness
5. Sadness
6. Feeling rejected
7. Loneliness
8. Insecurity
9. Fear
10. Mental confusion

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On the other hand – as with all of these anecdotal studies – there’s always an equivalent study opposing every single assertion made.

For example, the good people at Cornell and NYU found that having casual sex was associated with higher self-esteem.

So really, the only possible conclusion to draw is that we should just all do what makes us happy, and with 70% of young Brits having sex at least once a week, it looks like everyone’s doing just that, regardless of what science says.


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