The moral code is crumbling down! Romance is killed off by dating apps like Tinder, which promotes hook-up culture! You know that typical hysteria that surround online dating nowadays. You’ve heard it all before. For awhile those hysterical howls had no proof to them, but then the surveys appeared. According to those surveys 20% of men and 15% of women are using dating apps for casual sex. “Well?”, you may ask, but according to those surveys casual sex has a negative effect on our psyche. Aside from the fact that sexual activities without emotional connection lead to eternal damnation, it turns out that casual sex makes us feel depressed. Certain studies claim that casual sex can give you low self-esteem. So, what? Is casual sex is really dangerous? Is it really causing low self-esteem? Does it really make you depressed? Should we believe in those claims and those surveys? In order to figure it out, we need to understand what those surveys take into consideration.
The main focus of those surveys is whether those engaging in casual sex are more depressed than those who don’t? The main problem with those surveys is that they completely ignore the other things that may get their subject depressed. For example, if the subject engaging in casual sex and depressed by the fact that he/she had recently dropped out of college, the results of the surveys would claim that the subject is depressed because of the sexual activities that do not require emotional connection. But the most interesting thing is those who claim that surveys have proven something never bothered publishing those surveys. Do those surveys really claim that casual sex can be harmful for our psyche? Let’s figure it out.
In 2009 the “Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health” journal published a survey that claims that young adults engaging in casual sex doesn’t appear to be at greater risk of psychological damage than young adults in the committed relationships. Another survey, published by “The Journal of Sex Research” in 2014, that targeted college students aged between 18 to 25 showed that for the subjects engaging in casual sex elevates the risk of harmful psychological outcomes. Only the survey published in 2015 by the “Archives of Sexual Bahavior” journal kinda proved that casual sex can cause psychological damage. But they surveys divided the subjects into those who engaged into casual sex because they were attracted to their sexual partners, and those who had casual sex because they were drunk or hoping that it would be something more than just a one night stand. The outcome – subjects of the first group were unaffected by casual sex, while subjects of the second group were depressed.
All in all, it comes to one simple point – if casual sex is not against your moral code, it’s unlikely that it would come crumbling down and you would experience depression.