Reported by Ree, “The (Ree)lationship Guide”
If you’ve ever experienced a bad break-up, you know the feelings of rage you get when it’s over. In an attempt to seek revenge, you may find yourself doing things that are completely out of character for you. These things may include excessive partying, drinking/smoking, and/or engaging in meaningless sëx (e.g. one-night stands). For decades, it has been widely assumed that people feeling jilted after a break-up “misbehave” in pursuit of revenge, but research is just now affirming this assumption.
Researchers Lynne Cooper and Lindsey Barber at the University of Missouri led a study that examined the emotional and sëxual responses of 170 undergraduate students who had experienced a break-up within the previous eight months. According to the results of the study, within four weeks of the break-up, one third of the students had sëx with another partner to ‘rebound’ from their previous relationship. “People really do use sëx as a way to get over or get back at their ex-partner in the aftermath of a breakup,” Cooper told Live Science.
The researchers also found that participants who were dumped by their partners felt more distressed and angry and were more likely to have sëx to cope and to get back at or get over their ex-lover. Also according to the study, individuals who reported having sëx to cope with negative feelings or to get over their ex-partner at the beginning of the study were more likely to have sëx with a stranger and to continue having sëx with new partners over a longer period of time.
Read more about the study and the researchers’ methodology here.