As you plan your night out for the Fourth of July, you might want to scratch out any late-night encounters with cute men or women you find underneath the fireworks.
Because according to a recent study, casual sex might actually harm your mental health instead of giving you that boost you were looking for.
Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you.
Researchers found that “young adults engaging in casual sexual encounters do not appear to be at increased risk for harmful psychological outcomes as compared to sexually active young adults in more committed relationships.” Looking at the references for this most recent June 2013 study in just goes to show how casual sex is becoming more prevalent in our society.Researchers are trying to keep up with multiple studies to see how this type of sex is affecting both physical and mental health.However, this research is not the final word on the subject of casual sex.A previous study was conducted in 2009 by the University of Minnesota.The American Psychological Association released a report earlier this year about the “sexual hook-up culture,” detailing the link between mental health and hookups.
The report defines hookups as “brief uncommitted sexual encounters between individuals who are not romantic partners or dating each other.” We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different.