Women With Just One Premarital Sex Partner More Likely To Divorce

Science finds a surprising correlation

The case for promiscuity has never been more convincing after new research from The University of Utah finds a surprising correlation between women's prior sexual partners and divorce. 

It looks like having just one name on your list means women are more likely to divorce than if they have several past partners. Upsetting the idea of chastity forming a lasting bond in marriage (did anyone really buy that?), the study found that partners who had a more limited sexual history were more likely to struggle in marriage later on. 

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Nicholas Wolfinger, at the University of Utah Department of Family and Consumer Studies, examined the five-year divorce rate for over 10,000 women and tracked them against their number of sexual partners before marriage.

The study found that, while virgin brides had the lowest rate of divorce - possibly due to religious convictions - the category of women with the second highest rates of divorce were those with just one sexual partner (30%), while among those with 3 or 4-5 former partners the rates dropped to 26% and 24% respectively.

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Wolfinger pointed out why the counterintuitive trend actually makes sense:

"As premarital sex became more acceptable, it's reasonable to anticipate that its negative effects on marital stability waned," adding that "all of the fanfare associated with hooking up is evidence that some young people have become comfortable with the idea of sex outside of serious relationships.

Hardly a surprise for most of us, but perhaps less explainable was the finding that the biggest growth in divorce was among women who had had more than ten sexual partners. 

Wolfinger concluded with some wise advice:

"In short: if you're going to have comparisons to your [future] husband, it's best to have more than one."

Finally science and Tinder agree.