Get ready for the shock of the century, folks, because this one’s a bombshell.
A new study has found that engaging in casual sex, one night stands, or keeping a “friend with benefits” can have a positive impact on a person’s mental health, Design & Trend reports.
The study, which was conducted by sex researcher Zhana Vrangalova, was just published in Social Psychology and Personality Science, and challenges the idea that people who engage in promiscuous behavior are somehow damaged, or that casual sex is less enjoyable than romantic sex.
In the world of social sciences, “sociosexuality” is a term used to describe a person’s interest in casual sex. Researchers surveyed 371 college students about their sociosexuality, asking about their sexual behavior and psychological well-being over a period of nine months.
Researchers explained that “participants were considered to have had penetrative casual sex on a given week if any of their oral, vaginal, or anal intercourse partners were reported as one-night stands, friends with benefits, fuck buddies, casually hanging out, just friends, ex-partners, or unclear/complicated.”
After interviewing the students for an entire academic school year, researchers found that, in general, participants “reported lower distress and high thriving following casual sex” and that their psychological effects were “amplified.”
“The vast majority of unrestricted people desire, enjoy, and form relationships,” Vrangalova added. “They just also enjoy and desire casual sex.”
So there you have it, folks. Bump those uglies! It’s good for you! Just be sure to wrap it up before you do.