Wednesday, August 01, 2007

237 reasons to have sex: reasons 1 - 50

Two psychologists at the University of Texas have published a paper on "Why Humans Have Sex." They asked 2,000 people why they have sex and how important the various reasons were to them. The psychologists came up with 237 reasons. I thought it would be fun to go through them and, rather than ranking them on a 1 to 5 scale like the people in the study did, give them a straight-up yes or no on whether I've ever had sex for that reason. I'll be doing this over the next few days. Here's numbers 1 through 50.
(Found at News of the Weird Daily)

1. I was "in the heat of the moment." YES
2. It just happened. YES
3. I was bored. YES
4. It just seemed like "the thing to do." YES
5. Someone dared me. NO
6. I desired emotional closeness (i.e., intimacy). YES
7. I wanted to feel closer to God. YES
8. I wanted to gain acceptance from friends. NO
9. It’s exciting, adventurous. YES
10. I wanted to make up after a fight. YES
11. I wanted to get rid of aggression. NO
12. I was under the influence of drugs. NO
13. I wanted to try to get a better mate than my current mate. NO
14. I wanted to express my love for the person. YES
15. I wanted to experience the physical pleasure. YES
16. I wanted to show my affection to the person. YES
17. I felt like I owed it to the person. YES
18. I was attracted to the person. YES
19. I was sexually aroused and wanted the release. YES
20. My friends were having sex and I wanted to fit in. NO
21. It feels good. YES
22. My partner kept insisting. YES (I'm just a boy who can't say "No"...)
23. The person was famous and I wanted to be able to say I had sex with him/her. NO (I hate starf*ckers. I wish I was a star just so I could reject them.)
24. I was physically forced to. NO
25. I was verbally coerced into it. NO
26. I wanted the person to love me. YES
27. I wanted to have a child. YES (It worked.)
28. I wanted to make someone else jealous. NO
29. I wanted to have more sex than my friends. NO
30. I was married and you’re supposed to. NO
31. I was tired of being a virgin. YES
32. I was "horny." YES
33. I wanted to feel loved. YES
34. I was feeling lonely. YES
35. Everyone else was having sex. NO
36. I wanted the attention. NO
37. It was easier to "go all the way" than to stop. NO
38. I wanted to ensure the relationship was "committed." NO
39. I was competing with someone else to "get the person." NO
40. I wanted to "gain control" of the person. NO
41. I was curious about what the person was like in bed. YES
42. I was curious about sex. YES
43. I wanted to feel attractive. YES
44. I wanted to please my partner. YES
45. I wanted to display submission. NO
46. I wanted to release anxiety/stress. YES
47. I didn’t know how to say "no." YES
48. I felt like it was my duty. YES
49. I wanted to end the relationship. NO (All right, this one confuses me...)
50. My friends pressured me into it. NO

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