HuffPo – While most college students are not having casual sex, one-night stands are correlated with anxiety, a new study has found.
The study, titled “Risky Business,” was released in June in the “The Journal of Sex Research.” It was led by Dr. Melina M. Bersamin of California State University, Sacramento, and surveyed 3,907 heterosexual college students, ages 18 to 25, from 30 different colleges. “Casual sex” was defined in the study as intercourse with someone the student had known for less than a week.
Researchers found that men were twice as likely as women to report casual sex, although only 11 percent of those surveyed overall had such an encounter. And despite the disparity between men and women engaging in casual sex, the study found a correlation between hooking up and emotional problems that did not discriminate by gender.
“College students who had recently engaged in casual sex reported higher levels of general anxiety, social anxiety, and depression compared to college students who had not had recent casual sex,” the report said. Bersamin concluded that “casual sex was negatively associated with well-being and positively associated with psychological distress.”
Am I really that far removed from college and what it’s like there? I mean I’m getting old but I’m not that old am I? There’s no casual sex anymore? And people that do have one night stands get social anxiety and depression and just start killing themselves on the quad because they’re so upset they fucked a rando? Jesus maybe I shouldn’t wake up suicidal every single morning that I’m not still in college and should consider myself lucky instead. Very strange. Listen I wasn’t Casanova Jr or anything but like…it’s college. That’s just what you do. Drink and fuck people. Party and fuck. Go to class maybe then repeat. Isn’t that what it was built for? Now apparently we have a bunch of prudes in long term relationships who spend their Friday nights watching How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days with their girlfriends, a case of juice boxes, and a bottle of Prozac and talk about their feelings. Sounds fun.