Congratulations! Science Confirms That Post-Breakup Revenge Sex Is a Real Phenomenon


Just went through a painful breakup? Then you’re probably having sex with other people in order to get over your ex, explains a report in the new edition of the Archives of Sexual Behavior. Once again, science has proven something that was anecdotally supported many times over. Many, many times. Maybe too many.

Through a survey that had 170 undergraduate students keep weekly online diaries of their sexual experiences (hello Tumblr), the scientists found that “people really do use sex as a way to… get back at their ex-partner in the aftermath of a breakup,” according to University of Missouri researcher Lynne Cooper. One-third of the students in the study who had recently experienced a breakup went on to have rebound sex within a month of the end of the relationship, which we probably could have guessed. But the experiment had other, more surprising results.

“Having sex to…

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