Is Casual Sex Bad for You? It Depends

Zhana Vrangalova #cconcasual CatalystCon East - March 15, 2014


  1. Casual sex – sex without love – seems to be everywhere, and love it or hate it, everyone has an opinion on it. More often than not, casual sex is vilified as bad for your physical, mental, and social health. But what does research really say about this topic? And are things really that simple? Perhaps not all casual sex encounters are equally harmful (or beneficial) and not all people are equally sensitive to these harmful (or beneficial) effects. In this session, Zhana Vrangalova, a sex researcher who studies hookups among young people, will examine the scientific evidence linking engagement in casual sex to various health outcomes, and discuss different factors that this link may depend on.