Study: Men Only Want One-Night Stands When They've Got Options

Published On 10/29/2015 Published On 10/29/2015

A new study published by the University of Glasgow has made a pretty interesting point about the state of sex when women are scarce. Turns out, when there are fewer ladies in the picture, guys couldn't give less of a fuck about fuckin'. Weird, right? Well, it actually makes some sense. 

AskMen reports that the study, which pulled data from around 3,209 heterosexual women and 1,244 heterosexual men in a poll called "The Revised Sociosexual Orientation Inventory to determine the participants attitudes, desires and behaviors regarding noncommittal sexual relations," concluded that when fewer women are around, guys aren't interested in one-night stands, and in fact, are more inclined to wanna shack up.

So, why is that? Because, as a guy, I would straight-up take a grizzly bear to dinner if it showed the slightest hint of interest in me. But that doesn't explain everything.

This study just exemplifies the classic idea of supply and demand, as Discover Magazine explained in a separate article, "...when there are extra women, men face a favorable market and can behave promiscuously, offering little parental investment to their mates. However, when women are in short supply, they can demand relationship faithfulness and commitment."

The results of the Glasgow study suggest it's a numbers game; when there isn't any competition around, women also feel less inclined to engage in risky sexual behaviors with men. Because, why bother if you're not trying to impress your hot friend Cindy (that's a joke, BTW)? Fewer women, fewer hot-and-bothered men, fewer people to impress, fewer hookups. Sorry, Cindy's friend. And Cindy.

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Jeremy Glass is a writer for Thrillist and is currently on an hour-long vow of celibacy.



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