Relationships that start with a spark and not much else aren't necessarily doomed from the get-go, new research suggests.
Couples who became sexually involved as friends or acquaintances and were open to a serious relationship ended up just as happy as those who dated and waited.
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The research showed that plenty of people date even if they aren't interested in a long-term relationship."In the casual dating category, some people think they're headed for a long-term relationship, but there are also people who are only in it for sex.It basically brings 'players' and 'non-players' together."The finding is that it's something about the people." People with higher numbers of past sexual partners were more likely to form hookups, and to report lower relationship quality.Through the acquisition of partners, Paik said, they begin to favor short-term relationships and find the long-term ones less rewarding.
Paik's earlier studies indicate that people involved in hookups are more likely to have concurrent sexual partners, which can increase the risk of sexually transmitted diseases.