Science answers the age-old question – “Should I give it up on the first date or wait?”

// December 24th, 2012 // General Science News

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Romantic couple in love and huggingWe all know that most guys have one thing on their minds during their first date with a girl and are not thinking with their head.  Girls on the other hand, are a bit more thoughtful and wonder, “Should I give it up on the first date with this guy or wait?” Now science has finally jumped in and tackled the question in a research study consisting of nearly 11,000 individuals in which they examined the ultimate outcome of relationships originating from four sexual-timing patterns: (1) having sex prior to the first date, (2) giving it up on the first date, (3) having sex only after a few weeks of dating, and (4) waiting to have sex until the relationship matures or the couple is engaged or married. The results showed that relationships fared better the longer a person waited to have sex, up until marriage, while those hitting the sack before a month showing the worst outcomes.

The study stated:

“Results suggested that waiting to initiate sexual intimacy in unmarried relationships was generally associated with positive outcomes. This effect was strongly moderated by relationship length, with individuals who reported early sexual initiation reporting increasingly lower outcomes in relationships of longer than two years.”

The research study, which was supported by grants from Brigham Young University, noted that having sex on the first date is a product of bad decision-making and tended to keep couples in the relationship longer, at least initially, which was not always best for the couple’s long-term happiness.  Still, sex on the first date is a fairly common occurrence.

“Curiously, almost 40 percent of couples are essentially sexual within the first or second time they go out, but we suspect that if you asked these same couples at this early stage of their relationship – ‘Do you trust this person to watch your pet for a weekend’ many could not answer this in the affirmative – meaning they are more comfortable letting people into their bodies than they are with them watching their cat.”

Sources: Discover Magazine, Live Science, Journal of Family Psychology
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