Sex is risky. It can lead to emotional pain, privacy concerns, unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and even cancer. Many young adults engage in risky sexual behaviors, including college students, who too often, have sex with people they don’t know very well while, at times, under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
Yet a study in Psychological Science, one of the field’s leading journals, concludes that “young adults make rational sexual decisions.” How could respected researchers come to this conclusion? And what does this study reveal about the way young adults make sexual decisions?
Let’s start with the way the research team studied sexual decision making.
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