Tinder has made hookups a cake walk–you can match with just anybody with a single swipe. However, women often end up feeling guilty after casual encounters. If you thought it was since of the societal implication of one-night stands, then you are incorrect.
According to a recent study, a woman’s body is wired to feel guilty after waking up in a stranger’s bed. Yes, even evolution is against us having a night of informal fun.
The study conduct by researchers at Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU) department of psychology has found that women regret agreeing to a one-night stand more often than men. But, men regret passing up the chance more than women do.
“Due to discriminating pressure from the big difference in parental investment, one would expect men and women to regret different aspects of casual sex decision,” Prof Leif Edward Osteen Kenai of NTNU said.
In the study, only one-third of women said they were pleased with their casual sex experience, compared to over 50% of men who shared the same feeling.
According to the researchers, the evolutionary psychology behind one-night stands is due to years and years of gender differences. The scientists also said that the gender difference arises from opposing sexual strategies adopted by the two sexes. As women carry children, our fundamental relationship with sex is much different than that of our male counterparts.
“We’re not saying that there aren’t men who regret casual sex. But it is far more ordinary for women to regret saying yes. They are also less unequivocally happy about the experience,” Kenai additional.
The scientists found that eight in 10 women said they were glad that they had said no to a recent opportunity for casual sex, compared to just 43% of men. Men in the study were also found to enjoy the sex more, with more men saying they had orgasmic as compared to women.
The team said that women worry more in general about making spontaneous decisions, and mostly do not engage in actions which put them in danger. Women also worry about flattering pregnant, Sties, and getting a bad reputation–all of which leads to more regrets as compared to men.
So girls, the next time you are making that dreaded walk of shame the morning after, don’t be too hard on yourself. Just blame it on development!