Want to know why you regret that one-night stand so much…or not?
According to a recent study performed by researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology along with the University of Texas, it’s because you’re apprehensive about the affair.
The researchers say that if you had negative emotions going into the romp—such as worry, or you felt pressured to have sex—you probably regret the experience more than if you were excited going into the big event. They say that if you initiated contact, had an enjoyable time or had a great partner, you’re less likely to regret having a one-night stand.
“Women who initiate sex…are likely to have a healthy sexual psychology, being maximally comfortable with their own sexuality. Second, women who initiate have maximum choice of precisely who they want to have sex with. Consequently, they have less reason to feel regret, since they’ve made their own choice,” David M. Buss of the University of Texas told BBC News.
Other Casual Sex Findings
Keep in mind that if you had great sex on a one-time basis, you’ve kind of defied the odds. Research from a few years ago found that women are half as likely to climax during casual sex than they are in a relationship. Not that an orgasm is the only factor that comes with sex regret.
Interested in more funky findings about casual sex? A study out last year says that men and women with wider, shorter faces are more sexually motivated and have stronger sex drives. So if you’re not sure why you initiated, maybe it’s as simple as looking in the mirror.