#47 – Do Sluttier People Make Worse Romantic Partners?

Some people are far more interested in and comfortable with casual sex, a trait called unrestricted sociosexuality. In Episode 47,  Dr. Zhana and Joe ask a question that’s on a lot of people’s minds: Are these “sluttier” folks (and we use this term lovingly and without judgment) less satisfied in and committed to their partners in long-term romantic relationships compared to their more “restricted” peers?

Our guest, Dr. Gregory Webster, is the first–and thus far only–person to have examined how sociosexual orientation is associated with satisfaction and commitment in long-term relationships using data from both members of a couple! That way, you can measure not only one’s own sociosexuality but also how one’s partner’s sociosexuality is linked to their relationship satisfaction and commitment. And would this differ for couples who were dating, engaged, or recently married? Tune in to find out more!

You can read the full study discussed in the episode here.

About our Guest

Gregory D. Webster is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Florida, with graduate degrees in psychology from the College of William & Mary (MA, 2001) and the University of Colorado Boulder (PhD, 2006). Greg researches personality and individual differences, romantic and sexual relationships, and judgments and decisions about rare and extreme events. When not doing research, he enjoys reading, running, cycling, DJ-ing, dancing, laughing at his own bad puns, and travel. He also spends his time re-reading and nerding-out over A Song of Ice and Fire, the science fiction book series that inspired the television show A Game of Thrones.

You can visit his website here.

HPV Vaccines Don’t Increase Sexual Activity in Teens!

Following up on the news we shared in a recent episode on CDC’s decision to extend the age range for the HPV vaccine recommendation to 45, in this week’s foreplay we discuss a new study that addresses people’s concerns about vaccination’s effect on sexual activity in teens. A regionally representative study of teenage girls in British Columbia found that introducing vaccines to schools did not increase sexual activity. In fact, sexual activity has decreased from 20% to 18% since vaccines were implemented in schools. Science busts another myth! Read full the article here.

Also, in this week’s foreplay, recent studies have found that about 40% of people have experienced post-coital depression (the post-sex blues) sometime in their life. This is defined as a dysphoric feeling some people have after sex, not necessarily due to regret or trauma. Why does this occur? This might be linked to having positive chemicals and neuroreceptors during sex, that go away post-sex. Comparable to a drug withdrawal crash, you no longer feel as amazing as you did before. Read the full article here.

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