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The Science of Sex

There are many stereotypes about sex and one of them is that people who have lots of casual sex (meaning that they have sexual partners who are not their significant others) are mentally unhealthy. But is there truth to this idea? The scientific evidence suggests not.

Watch: Is Casual Sex Unhealthy?



Yet another common belief is that we are currently living in an era of the "hookup culture," where people are significantly less likely to prefer relationships (and instead prefer lots of casual sex). But is there truth to this idea? Again, the science suggests not.

Read: Why Are So Many Millennials Having Zero Sex? (http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/08/why-are-so-many-millennials-having-zero-sex.html)

Watch: Is "Hook-Up Culture" Real? (https://youtu.be/PtQx-rhsnJU)



What about when we examine sex drive in general? How often do people have sex, both uncommitted people and people in relationships?

Read: The Ins and Outs of Sexual Frequency 
(http://www.scienceofrelationships.com/home/2012/4/6/the-ins-and-outs-of-sexual-frequency.html)

Read: Is More Sex Always Better?
(http://www.scienceofrelationships.com/home/2015/11/24/is-more-sex-always-better.html)

Watch: Your Sex Drive Is Normal (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At8yuIOQcaU)