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Random Hookups Are Actually Good For You, Says Science



In a study called Who Benefits From Casual Sex? The Moderating Role of Sociosexuality, researchers found that, ” having casual sex was associated with higher self-esteem and life satisfaction and lower depression and anxiety.”

Boning lots of peeps will make your self-esteem higher. Researcher  Zhana Vrangalova is interested in studying “sociosexuality” which basically refers to how authentically individuals behave according to their sexual desires. Basically, if you don’t actually want to have a ton of casual sex and you don’t have a ton of casual sex, you’re doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing because you’re doing what you want. However, if you do want to have a ton of casual sex but you don’t because you feel ashamed or it doesn’t seem like an option, then you aren’t doing yourself justice.

Vrangalova studied 371 college students, 42% of which reported have casual sex. These students, “Reported lower distress and higher thriving following casual sex, suggesting that high sociosexuality may both buffer against any potentially harmful consequences of casual sex and allow access to its potential benefits.”

Nevertheless the students who desired more casual sex were often sexist males, “[…]who also invest less in romantic relationships and are more likely to have cheated on a romantic partner (perhaps because monogamous arrangements are less well-suited for them). Among men, they are also more likely to be physically strong, and especially among college men, also more sexist, manipulative, coercive and narcissistic. They also tend to be unconventional, attractive, [and] politically liberal,” according to Vrangalova.

Essentially this study proves the obvious. People should pursue the kind of sex and relationships they want in order to feel the most fulfilled, yet they should be aware of predatory behavior.

Emerald is an editor at CollegeCandy, lover of coffee, and pretend francophile. After studying writing and popular culture at NYU she decided to be a grownup and get a job. Tweet at ya' girl @EmeraldGritty.