How often does one have sex just to get even with an ex-­lover after being dumped or cheated on or cope with distress? A recent research has suggested that for a jilted lover, rebound or revenge sex is a real ­phenomenon.
"It's at least a common fix for those who ­underwent break-up," said ­psychologist Lynne Cooper from University of Missouri in the US.
The researchers ­recruited 170 college ­students who had ­experienced a break-up in the previous eight months to take part in the study. The participants filled out weekly reports detailing their emotions and sexual activity, as well as their motivation for engaging in that behaviour.
"Having sex to cope with distress and to get over or get back at the ex-partner were elevated immediately following the break-up and then declined over time," explained the study.