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Psychologists who specialize in human sexuality deal in terms like “booty call” more frequently than most in their field.
However, when studying the exact nature of how minds and bodies mesh, it helps to have clear meanings on what such encounters mean and why people practice them.
As such, one researcher sought to provide harder definitions for some of the more modern practices, including “friends with benefits.” Beyond just understanding what the terms represent, the point was also to clarify some of the behaviors and desires at play.
Australian Peter Jonason, of the University of Western Sydney, began his effort by interviewing nearly 200 undergraduate students from Florida. The group, about two-thirds male, were asked to rank encounters, such as booty calls or having a friend with benefits, related to how well such hookups provide satisfaction.
Such encounters were rated by their levels of sexual gratification and whether any social or emotional support existed.
“Such encounters were rated by
their levels of sexual gratification.”
“There is such a range of relationships, and we tend to be loose in the terms we use to define and describe them,” Jonason said.
For his study, booty calls were defined as casual sexual relationships in which one party calls or texts the other for sex that day or evening, while friends with benefits are partners who have casual sex while remaining just friends.
Jonason found these encounters will often involve a deeper level of emotion compared to the standard one-night stand.
Though booty calls and friends with benefits were found to be primarily used for sex, they also functioned as placeholders until someone more suitable arrived or even trial runs for a potential long-term relationship.
Issues such as companionship may also be more at play here, Jonason said. On the other hand, he admits an encounter like a booty call might simultaneously protect against having to face a more significant relationship.
Source: livescience.com. Photo source: betanews.com.