The collision of possibility and freedom gives rise to ideas like “sowing your wild oats,” connoting a youthful string of sexual partners. On the one hand, there's the case that hook-ups are regrettable experiences that often happen in a haze of drunken disregard.
This side of the argument might point to the concept of “the walk of shame” (heading home the next morning in the previous night’s clothes) as emblematic of the downside of casual sex.
These have helped us move closer together and have made us happier as a couple.
So from my small sample size, I think the issue is about love/being loved rather than sex itself, which seems to be what the article concludes as well, so I guess I'm just agreeing.
The astute reader will understand that these are correlations and not causation: It might be that people in distress are more likely to seek a convenient sexual encounter, or that a casual hookup is more likely to lead to feelings of regret.
A separate study by researchers Jesse Owen and Frank Fincham is suggestive of the latter possibility.
In the notable instances in which casual sex is shown in the context of drunkenness— comes quickly to mind—it is often portrayed in less than flattering terms. Once I found one, we had a LOT of casual sex which grew into romantic sex, which grew into a 20 year relationship thats still going.Their study examined factors leading to sexual regret.They discovered that among young people, alcohol played an important role in hooking up.On the other hand, casual sex, it might be argued, is all about pleasure: At least one study found that, at least for males, hooking up was associated with a boost in well-being, perhaps because sexual congress can be a significant status symbol and source of confidence for young men.In a 2004 study, Mark Leary found that eight percent of college students reported having unprotected sex precisely because they wanted to be viewed as risk-taking or laid back.