Is Casual Sex Healthy? | Robert Weiss

July 17, 2014 12:41 AM

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Is Casual Sex Healthy? | Robert Weiss

In today's digital world, casual sex is easier to find and experience than ever. Thanks to "adult friend finder" websites and apps, nearly anyone looking for a no-strings-attached sexual encounter can find one quickly and easily. Apps like Tinder, Blendr, and Ashley Madison facilitate heterosexual hookups. Grindr, Scruff, and Bender work for gay men. PinkCupid, Dattch and Wingmaam do the job for lesbians. And yes, there are apps for bisexuals, fetishists, various ethnic groups, specific religious affiliations, younger people, older people, and even people who think they're intellectuals. Whatever you're into, there's a hookup app for you. While it's true that some of these apps really do facilitate dating and long-term relationships, most are geared toward non-intimate, right here and now sexual gratification--one-night stands, booty calls, anonymous encounters, mutual masturbation via webcam, etc. In other words, the "friend finder" label is something of a euphemism -- a little like the pre-digital world calling a certain type of establishment an "adult bookstore."

Quite frankly, a lot of these sex finder apps -- let's call them what they really are -- are pretty impressive. In the same way that other apps can help you locate a good deal on a used car with navigation, new tires, and a back-up camera, sex finder apps can put you in contact with any number of ne...

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