Study: Casual Sex Can Lead To Long-Term Relationships
College kids could have been preaching it for years…casual sex makes life a hell of a lot more simple. You can break down a lot of the pressure, awkwardness, and intimidation that traditional dating always seems to bring. You meet someone at a party/bar, usually while intoxicated, you flirt a little, touch a little, and sometimes end up back at someones place fooling around a little. A quote from the very intelligent movie, The 40 Year Old Virgin, sums it up best. “Stop putting the p*ssy on a pedestal,” one character preachers to the 40 year old virgin. It’s the truth too. If you start making such a big deal about physical interaction, it ends up becoming a monster in itself. And now, there’s some actual scientific evidence to back that up…
Researchers at the University of Iowa have found that couples who start off as acquaintances (or friends), who are open to a relationship, and who dabble in casual sex, are just as likely to have long-term, happy relationships as do couples who take things “slow”. The study which surveyed 642 adults in Chicago, measured the quality of their relationships by having people answer questions about how much they loved their partner, their level of satisfaction with intimacy in the relationships, the future of the relationships, and how their lives would be different if the relationship ended.
“We didn’t see much evidence that relationships were lower quality because they started off as hook-ups,” Paik, an assistant professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said. “The study suggests that rewarding relationships are possible for those who delay sex. But it’s also possible for true love to emerge if things start off with a more ‘Sex and the City’ approach, when people spot each other across the room, become sexually involved and then build a relationship,” he added.
So there it is lady and gentleman. No longer should you be judging the possibilities of a relationship based on how early the two people got frisky. What you should really be basing things on is how open the two people are to a relationship in general. Makes sense right? The quality of a relationship probably depends more on the personality of the people rather then how horny they are.