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Study: Divorcees 18% More Likely to Have One-Night Stands

Hayley Matthews

Written by: Hayley Matthews

Hayley Matthews

Hayley has over 10 years of experience overseeing content strategy, social media engagement, and article opportunities. She has also written hundreds of informational and entertaining blog posts. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Bustle, Cosmo, the Huffington Post, AskMen, and Entrepreneur. When she's not writing about dating news, relationship advice, or her fantasy love affair with Leonardo DiCaprio, she enjoys listening to The Beatles, watching Harry Potter reruns, and drinking IPAs.

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Your friends have their tales of one-night stands gone both well and awry, and maybe you’ve had a few of your own – or maybe you haven’t.

Who in America is having these midnight rendezvous, and who prefers not to share their bed with strangers?

In our most recent DatingAdvice.com study, we asked a wide cross-section of Americans if they’ve ever had a one-night stand, and we got some interesting results.

Based off our findings, divorcees are 18 percent more likely than singles to have had a one-night stand. But why is that?

After a divorce, people have many adjustments to make as their lifestyle adjusts from married to single again. They have often been hurt, and they need to heal.

As our women’s dating expert, Rachel Dack, explains, “While a divorcee may not be ready for a serious relationship or want to get married, divorcees find ways to embrace the reality of singlehood in order to move on and increase self-esteem.”

“One-night stands are an emotionally safe

way to avoid another big commitment.”

A way to do this is through one-night stands, due to the casualness of the situation. One-night stands are an emotionally safe way for a divorcee to avoid another big commitment while still meeting their sexual needs and building their confidence in their new lifestyle.

Our study also revealed men are 64 percent more likely than women to have a one-night stand, and gay Americans are 48 percent more likely than straight ones to go for a one-time romp in the sack.

In an effort to keep these experiences positive, Dack said, “It is important to practice safe sex, not involve children or family or romanticize the experience.”

The study surveyed 1,080 respondents over the course of three weeks, balancing responses by age, gender, income, race, sexuality and other factors in order to accurately represent the U.S. population. The study has a margin of error of +/- 2.8%.

The Breakdown:

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