•  

Casual Lovemaking Has No Impact On Young Adults

 
A casual act of lovemaking does not cause emotional or psychological damage in young people.

Young adults engaging in casual lovemaking encounters do not appear to be at any risk of harmful psychological outcomes as compared to sexually active young adults in committed relationships.

While there is no psychological impact, experts warn that the physical risks of casual lovemaking should not be overlooked.

In a survey, 574 males and 737 females in Minnesota with an average age of 20.5 years were surveyed regarding erotic behaviours and emotional wellbeing.

Of the sexually active respondents, 55 per cent reported that their last partner was an exclusive dating partner followed by 25 per cent whose current partner was a fiancee, spouse or life partner.

Much lower percentages reported that their last partner was a close but not exclusive partner or a casual acquaintance. Over twice as many males as females reported that their last partner was casual.

Although it is said that physical and intimate encounters outside a committed romantic relationship may be emotionally damaging for young adults, the study rejected the common belief. According to the study, there was no difference in the psychological wellbeing of young adults between those who had a casual sexual partner and those who were in a committed relationship.

Story first published: Thursday, December 17, 2009, 14:44 [IST]

Get Notifications from Indiansutras

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Indiansutras sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Indiansutras website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more