236 reasons to have sex.....new study!!
Here are the findings of a study I came across. verrrrrrrrrry interesting!!
Boredom, revenge and the other 235 reasons to have sex
Some do it to keep warm on a chilly night. Others think it might burn off a few calories after a heavy dinner.
he spiritual among us might even feel it brings us closer to God. But the main reason for having sex is seldom as straightforward as passion, it is claimed.
While love and attraction remain a clincher for some, psychologists have identified 235 other reasons why men and women want to make love.
According to the biggest study carried out into sexual motivations, these include that it is a "reasonably effective way of overcoming boredom", help you fall asleep or gets rid of a stress headache.
For others, the desire for revenge was the major factor, while some lovers were motivated by a purely selfless wish to make the other person feel good.
The researchers also confirmed what most already consider obvious - men and women think differently about sex.
They found it was more about the physical experience for men, while women's desires were based on an emotional need.
Women were much more likely to say: "I realised that I was in love." Men were more likely to say: "I wanted to increase the number of partners I had experienced."
Researcher Cindy Meston said: "We identified 237 distinct reasons why people have sex. They ranged from the mundane - 'It feels good', to the spiritual - 'I wanted to feel closer to God'.
From altruistic - 'I wanted the other person to feel good', to manipulative - 'I wanted to get a promotion'."
For the study, reported in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour this week, psychologists at the University of Texas quizzed more than 2,000 men and women aged 17 to 52.
"Why people have sex is a surprisingly little-studied topic," says their
report. "One reason for its relative neglect is that scientists might simply assume that the answers are obvious."
Each of the 237 reasons was given the highest rating by at least one of the people taking part.
"The frequently endorsed reasons for having sex, reflect what motivates most people most of the time: attraction, pleasure, affection, love, romance, emotional closeness, arousal, the desire to please, adventure, excitement and opportunity," say the psychologists.
"The less frequently-endorsed reasons, however, may be no less important. One person's seemingly trivial reason for having sex might well be another's magnificent obsession."