As I’ve mentioned recently in other posts, we’ve been trying to consider the benefits of sexual behavior to general wellbeing. In this paper, we examined daily associations between vaginal sex and positive and negative affect.
In general, having sex was linked to better daily wellbeing. Specifically, college students reported more positive affect on days they had sex than on days they did not have sex. Negative affect didn’t differ.
However, there were situational differences. Specifically, students reported more negative affect on days they had sex with a nondating partner than on other days.
In addition, affect was associated with perceived consequences of sex. Specifically, students reported more positive affect on days they had more positive consequences of sex, and more negative affect on days they had more negative consequences of sex.
Overall, the study suggests that sexual behavior by young adulthood is linked to better short-term wellbeing. Does go against some of the rhetoric of “sex is bad/harmful,” including this post that I found had recently cited my work.
“College Students Are Happier on Days They Have Sex first appeared on Eva Lefkowitz’s blog on August 21, 2018.”