Only rarely do these studies account for other possible causes of diminished psychological wellbeing.For instance, a test subject might be depressed because he or she just lost a great job, not because he or she is having casual sex and feels badly about that.
"We’re also programmed to get really excited about a new [sexual] opportunity because it used to be rare.
So you put those two together and you see that that’s why there’s an explosion of online dating...." Walsh broke it down using a food analogy: We evolved to crave salt, sugar and fat because in our past, these critical nutrients were rare and essential for our survival as a species.
Meanwhile, others think the current digital hookup culture is a great way to be sexually active while single, and maybe even a good way to meet someone who might become a longer-term partner. In the post-Kinsey world, there is not a lot of research looking at the psychological effects of casual sex on those who do (or don’t) engage in it.
In the research that does exist, the primary focus is generally limited to the question: Are the people who engage in casual sex more depressed, and do they have lower self-esteem, than the people who aren’t having casual sex?
Many worry that society is crumbling because of "hookup apps" like Tinder, Blendr, Grindr, etc.
They seem to feel that sexual activity without emotional connection and long-term commitment (such as marriage) is an E-Ticket to eternal damnation, depression, or low self-esteem.
In a previous post, I wrote about Ashley Madison, a website and app designed to help married people engage in sexual infidelity.
I got the same basic response that I get whenever I speak or write about that site, or about sexual infidelity in general: Many are appalled that infidelity is so prevalent and that it has been so thoroughly monetized, while others simply shrug their shoulders and say, “People have been cheating since the beginning of time. ” When I speak and write about casual sex among single people, I get a similar reaction.
The popularity of online dating is being driven by several things but a major factor is time.