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Sex on the first date 'could prevent finding long-term love'Posted on: December 28, 2012 12:25:43
UK singles who have sex on the first date are less likely to have a long-term relationship than those who wait, according to research.
The study, which focused on over 10,000 unmarried people's love lives, found that singletons who waited longer to initiate a sexual relationship were more likely to have longer and more positive partnerships than those who had romantic dalliances with a new partner early on.
It examined four different patterns of when people decided to have sex and the impact that had on their love life.
"While recent studies have suggested that the timing of sexual initiation within a couple's romantic relationship has important associations with later relationship success, few studies have examined how such timing is associated with relationship quality among unmarried couples," the report said.
Having sex before dating, initiating sex on the first date - or not long after it - having intercourse after a few weeks of dating and sexual abstinence were the main areas investigated.
The researchers at the Brigham Young University said that respondents who reported early sexual initiation were less likely to be in a partnership lasting more than two years.
However, previous findings from the university suggested that sex on the first date was not as uncommon as some may think, with as many as 40 per cent of couples admitting to having sex with their date after only meeting one or two times.
Of course, there is no right or wrong time when it comes to moving the relationship a stage further if you both feel the moment is right, but it might be worth considering waiting a little longer to find out more about one another before jumping into bed.
Earlier in the month, findings from the University of Western Sydney and Singapore Management University supported Brigham's latest results, suggesting that sometimes things are worth waiting for.
In the study into why people choose to play hard to get, it was found that the more unavailable a person is, the more people are willing to invest in them.
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