KATHMANDU — Though as many as seven in 10 people will experience a one-night stand at some point in their lives, a new study from Norway suggests how women and men feel about it the morning after can vary greatly.
A team of researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU) Department of Psychology along with the University of Texas at Austin, has found that about 35 per cent of women regretted going through with it the next morning, while only 20 per cent men shared this view.
The main reason behind conducting the study was due to the liberal mindset that Norwegian men and women shared regarding casual sexual encounters. The previous US study also found that women more often regret agreeing to a one-night stand than men, whereas men regret passing up the chance more than women.
For their research the team recruited 263 male and female students aged 19 to 37 years who had all experienced at least one one-night stand.
The team found the same pattern in Norway as in the US, with around 35 per cent of women and only 20 per cent of men regretting the experience to some degree.
Furthermore, most women were reportedly unhappy about the experience, with only 30 per cent claiming to have enjoyed their most recent casual sex fling.
Also, when it came to rejecting the offer, 80 pc women didn’t regret saying no, while only 43 pc men felt the same way.
The reasons behind women regretting a one night stand ranged from lack of adequate sexual pleasure during the encounter, pregnancy concerns, fear of contracting STDs among other things. Evolutionary psychology could also be a reason.
Dr Buss, one of the co-authors on the study, explained that, “Women and men differ fundamentally in their sexual psychology. A key limitation on men’s reproductive success, historically, has been sexual access to fertile women. These evolutionary selection pressures have created a male sexual mind that is attentive to sexual opportunities.”
On the other hand, most men regretted turning down a casual sex offer. So for men, continued researcher Professor Kennear, it’s a case of quantity not quality so he can improve his reproductive success by having as many fertile mates as possible.
The results published online in the journal Evolutionary Psychology.Follow @gorkhapost