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No strings attached: Five reasons why casual sex is worth your while

Sanya Panwar, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 15, 2014
First Published: 18:32 IST(15/8/2014) | Last Updated: 20:14 IST(16/8/2014)

Although years of chauvinism have caused virtually everyone to believe that anyone (namely a woman) who engages in casual sex (sex without commitment or true emotion) is somewhat of a 'loose' character, those who've engaged in these liaisons know otherwise.

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Not putting any heart into it could end up cheapening the whole thing. But hey, perhaps both sexes don't have time for relationships: they're too busy or find it safer to keep their hearts loveless and engage in some carnal liberation. Everyone craves physical love every now and then... And there's nothing quite wrong with that, is there?

On that rather 'unorthodox' note, we give you five fabulous reasons why (sometimes) it's nice to feel a warm body next to yours, and not romp into bed for an eventual walk down the aisle. We'll try to sound as rational and realistic as possible; here goes it: everything from the fun of it, all the way to actually discovering new things about whom else but yourself!

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Duh, it's fun: Sex is fun (at least it's supposed to be). While being in love and having that connection is all great, sometimes, we don't have that luxury. So what do you do? Go without it till you find that someone special only to get your heart broken, sooner or later? No. You make most of your situation and have sex and then forget all about it!

Doing your 'thang' is good for your well-being: It's long been associated with guilt, heartache and narcissism even, and is still a taboo for Indians at large. But a recent US study suggests casual sex can have a positive effect on some people. For those who are up for it, casual hook-ups and one night stands can boost self esteem and life satisfaction. Even better, it is likely to lower depression and anxiety. Want more reasons?

Zero commitment, zero emotions, zero promises: Scared of commitment? No worries! One of greatest things about casual sex is that there is absolutely no room for commitment! You don't have to commit your time to him/her other than just to have sex. As long as the terms are clear, you don't need to care about impressing the other person, it's more like take it or leave it. Just imagine none of those cheesy after-sex talks.

No need to buy 'em gifts: You can be cheap and that can be fun. Unless you're planning to buy him/her something naughty or heated, you don't really have to get all personal with your man or woman of the moment. Please, no roses, all-day texting or fancy dinners! Why you ask? Because obviously you don't want him/her to assume that you want something more out of your trysts than just sex.

Learn more about yourself, emotionally and sexually: Want to know what you can take and what you can't; both in terms of sex and in terms your emotions? Want to find out how you handle sex without emotion, whether it's for you or not? Having no-strings-attached-sex is exactly the way to find out. And if you don't like it you can always say 'Been there done that' or be more convincing the next time you tell someone 'I'm a one-man woman or a one-woman man'. Either ways, it's a win, win situation!

So, guys, sex doesn't have to be all about emotions. Sometimes, it can be just sex. We ask again, casual sex?


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