The fact that young people marry or settle down much later than their parents did also mean they usually had many more partners. In Australia there hasn’t been much research done yet on our casual sex habits or, the more popular term, “hook-up” culture.
In the US however, sex researcher Dr Zhana Vrangalova from Cornell University, led a nine-month research study of 370 university students about their sexual feelings, behaviour and overall wellbeing. They were questioned about their views on casual sex, how many people they had casual sex with and their levels of sexual desire. About 42 per cent who participated and enjoyed casual sex reported higher self-esteem and lower rates of depression.