How do you feel about one-night stands? Booty calls? Hookup apps? Pornography?
If you’re like most people, you probably had some sort of gut reaction to the questions posed above. Maybe you’re appalled by the very idea of these things. Maybe you’re OK with some things but not others. Maybe you’re thinking, "Hmm, I’ve never tried that one." Or maybe you’re wondering what, if anything, casual sex does to a person’s psyche and emotional well-being.
There's not a huge amount of research looking at the emotional and psychological effects of casual sexual behaviors on the people who do (and don’t) engage in them. And of the studies that exist, the results have generally been less than conclusive. Consider the following: