Men and Women Divided Over Sexual Regrets, Survey Suggests
December 17, 2013
All have us have regrets regarding our sex lives. We can all go back to at least one incident where we have thought ‘ooh, I wish I hadn’t done that”. But a recent look at studies from the University of Texas and the University of California say that what we regret is actually determined by what sex we are.
The major regrets for men seem to be being too timid to approach a possible sexual partner when younger, not being sexually adventurous enough when younger, and not being more sexually active before marriage.
Women on the other hand regret losing their virginity to the wrong partner, cheating, or moving too fast sexually.
The jist is that men regret having not enough casual sex, whilst women regret having too much.
The volunteers were asked to mark their remorse on a five point scale in what was the most extensive research of its kind, with over 25,000 people surveyed.
In our DNA
Phycologist Martie Haselton, one of the leading researchers, believes that, despite advances in contraception, this is all down to our evolutionary responses.
“For men, throughout evolutionary history, every missed opportunity to have sex with a new partner is potentially a missed reproductive opportunity, which is a costly loss from an evolutionary perspective.”
“One thing that is fascinating about these emotional reactions is that they might be far removed from the reproductive consequences of the past.”
“We have reliable methods of contraception. But that doesn’t seem to have erased the differences in women’s and men’s responses, which might have a deep evolutionary history.”
To put simply, men a programmed to be degenerates who want to have sex with everything so they can spread their seed all over the place. Women however can only pregnant once at a time, so need to make sure that they are impregnated by the right man. Sexual attitudes may have changed, but those ‘thoughts’ are still in our DNA.
So remember girls, don’t judge a guy to harshly for his naughty behavior in the past. He can’t really help it!
Since then, he has specialised in articles on the battle for equal rights for sex workers, sexual health, as well as bringing the readers fun news from around the world. He also has a major interest in LGBT rights, and is an active campaigner in this field.
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