The study found that having multiple sexual partners does not affect your chances of getting married in the long term
- The researchers studied data on 9,000 people over the 18 years through 2015
- A higher number of sexual partners was associated with lower odds of marriage
- But this effect only lasted for a year – suggesting that the association is temporary
If you’re looking for love but have a promiscuous past, fear not.
A study finds that having multiple sexual partners does not affect your chances of getting married in the long term.
Instead, the effects of promiscuity on marriage rates are “seasonal” and the number of sexual partners accumulated over a lifetime does not appear to have an effect, the scientists say.
If you’re looking for love but have a promiscuous past, fear not. Study suggests that having multiple sexual partners does not affect your long-term marriage chances (stock image)
Women’s chances of first marriage between the ages of 16 and 40 by the reported number of unmarried partners
Men with deep voices are more likely to cheat
A recent study found that men with deep voices are more likely to be attracted to a partner, but they are also more likely to cheat on their partner.
Researchers from Southwest China University recorded the voices of 88 men and 128 women, and then asked them to fill out a form assessing their attitudes toward infidelity.
Women are often attracted to men with low, rich voices because they are associated with high levels of testosterone which, evolutionarily speaking, indicates that the speaker would be a good mate for producing healthy children, according to the Chinese team.
However, men with higher testosterone levels are also more likely to be lax about infidelity, take little interest in their relationships, and eventually cheat.
The same was not true of women, with no notable difference in attitudes toward sincerity whether they had high or low voices.
Researchers from the University of Utah and the University of Oklahoma in the US analyzed data on nearly 9,000 people who were followed for 18 years through 2015.
They discovered that a more recent number of sexual partners was associated with reduced odds of marriage, but this effect only lasted for a year—suggesting that the association is temporary.
“We suggest that the effect of multiple sexual partners on the likelihood of marriage is seasonal, reflecting the period when people enjoy sexual activity with less commitment,” they write in the journal Social Science Research.
However, having multiple sexual partners does not seem to clearly affect long-term marriage odds.
Although heterosexual women have been historically stigmatized for casual sex, our analyzes indicate that this does not manifest itself in long-term celibacy.
“Women who have multiple sexual partners are just as likely to marry as virgins, if they delay somewhat.”
The personal lives of Tom Jones, Russell Brand, and even Lindsay Lohan seem to back up the findings — all admitting to having promiscuous pasts but eventually tying the knot.
The researchers said experts have attributed a number of explanations for why people put off marriage or abandon it altogether.
These include stronger economic opportunities for women, a desire for economic stability before marriage, and a “creeping disillusionment” with the idea of a lifelong commitment.
Researchers said experts have attributed a number of explanations for why people seem to be delaying marriage or forgoing it altogether (Stock Image)
The most controversial theory is the idea that the widespread acceptance and availability of casual sex in recent years has made marriage less necessary or even desirable.
In a world where one can have casual sex with little or no commitment, the argument goes that some men and women will simply have a less traditional incentive to marry, as well as even less incentive to become the one they marry. “Physical,” they said.
They found that the lowest likelihood of marriage for both men and women was in those without partners — perhaps because they either “don’t pursue romantic relationships or have consistently failed in the marriage market.”
The analysis also revealed that the average age of marriage for the more promiscuous women was only a few years higher than their peers with fewer partners.
Over the course of the study, only a small majority of people reported sleeping with five or more people each year.
“We can visualize how this scenario might evolve,” the researchers said. If marriage appeared on the horizon, people would only have sex with their partners.
Conversely, continuing to have sex with unmarried partners may make marriage less likely.
Either way, it’s a short term effect. A man or woman who continues to have multiple sexual partners as an adult does not threaten his or her future marriage prospects.
Top 43 reasons men are still single
Scientists led by Menelaus Apostolo of the University of Nicosia in Cyprus asked anonymous men on Reddit why they thought they were still single.
They analyzed more than 6,700 comments and revealed the top 43 reasons why people can’t find a partner.
Here you will find a full list –
- Poor appearance (including baldness and short stature)
- Low self-esteem/confidence
- low effort
- Not interested in relationships
- Poor flirting skills
- Recently divorced
- Bad experiences from previous relationships
- There are no women
- Different priorities
- Very picky
- Lack of time
- Awkward social
- Enjoy being single
- Bad character
- It’s hard to find women to match
- Poor mental health
- lack of achievement
- Stuck with one girl
- Lack of social skills
- You haven’t gotten over the previous relationship
- I don’t know how to start a relationship
- lack of money
- I don’t trust women
- Not picking up evidence of interest
- sexual issue
- Fear of relationships
- ‘I’m not interesting’
- Fear of rejection
- I will not be a good partner
- You are attracted to the wrong woman
- give up
- Not worth the effort
- Fear of commitment
- Health – a disability issue
- Difficult to maintain a relationship