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
Why men prefer curvy women, revealed
NEW YORK —Why do most men prefer ladies with curvier bodies, especially sharp curvy hips? According to a study, modern man’s this preference has ancient evolutionary roots.
According to a research carried out by a team from the University of Texas (UT) at Austin and the UT – Arlington has found that for a mate, man preferred a woman with a “theoretically optimal angle of lumber curving,” a 45.5-degree bend from back to buttocks allowing ancestral women to better support, provide for, and carry out multiple pregnancies.
“The findings enable us to conclusively show that men prefer women who exhibit specific angles of spinal bend over buttock mass,” said study’s co-author Eric Russell from the UT – Arlington in a paper published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior.
This investigation consisted of two studies. The first looked at vertebral wedging, an underlying spinal feature that can influence the actual curve in women’s lower backs.
Around 100 men rated the attractiveness of several manipulated images showing spinal curves ranging across the natural spectrum.
Men were most attracted to images of women displaying the hypothesized optimum of 45 degrees of lumbar curvature.
This adds growing body of evidence that beauty is not entirely arbitrary or “according to the viewer” as many in mainstream social sciences believed, but instead has a coherent adaptive logic, added psychology professor David Buss from the UT Austin.
“This spinal structure would have enabled pregnant women to adjust their weight over the hips,” the authors noted.
These women would have been more effective at foraging during pregnancy and less likely to suffer spinal injuries.
Thus, men who preferred these women would have had mates who were better able to provide for foetus and offspring, and who would have been the able to carry out multiple pregnancies without injury.
The second study addressed the topic of whether men prefer this angle because it reflects bigger buttocks, or whether it truly can be attributed to the angle in the spine itself.
Around 200 men were presented with groups of images of women with differing buttock size and vertebral wedging, but maintaining a 45.5-degree curve.
Men consistently preferred women whose spinal curvature was closer to optimum regardless of buttock size.Follow @gorkhapost