Casual Sex: How Harmful Is It?

Kim Conte

What are your thoughts on casual sex or friends with benefits: emotionally damaging or harmless?

Researchers have now discovered that young adults who had casual sex were no worse off emotionally than ones having sex in committed relationships.

This research flies in the face of  what "conventional wisdom" (and abstinence-only sex education) has typically told us— that casual sex is emotionally damaging. That's not to say there aren't some risks of casual sex—unintended pregnancies or STDs; But in terms of causing harmful psychological outcomes, casual sex is not a culprit.

Does this news about casual sex shock you? Or is it what you suspected all along?



Do you think casual sex is harmful?

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