Practically one in 4 single individuals had intercourse with a non-romantic roommate prior to now six months, based on the Match survey of 5,000 U.S. singles. Youthful individuals have been essentially the most prepared to cross the road, with 33% of millennials and 46% of Gen Z getting in mattress with a roomie. 

“It didn’t shock me in any respect,” Helen Fisher, Ph.D., the organic anthropologist and Match’s chief scientific advisor who led the research, tells mbg.

Many individuals find yourself dwelling with somebody they don’t know that nicely or in any respect out of comfort and affordability, she says, they usually don’t really find yourself spending a lot time collectively. However the pandemic pressured a lot of these roommates collectively. 

“Throughout the lockdown they have been pressured to spend a LOT of time collectively, dine collectively, play video games, watch TV and mourn their losses collectively. This ‘self-disclosure’ results in intimacy,” she explains. “And with little else to do, they ultimately start to search out their roommates engaging, humorous, variety, and cozy in new methods. And this may simply result in kissing, cuddling, and extra—to alleviate stress, entertain themselves, and discover this available choice: hooking up.”

The weird spike in intercourse between roommates is an instance of what intercourse scientists name situational sexual habits, which refers to when individuals undertake completely different sexual behaviors as a result of social or environmental elements have made their regular sexual preferences and behaviors unavailable.

“One’s regular sexual tastes, wishes and alternatives should not accessible,” Fisher explains, “So women and men change their behaviors to suit this much less fascinating state of affairs. This is quite common in jails, different enclosed establishments, and even when one is touring alone in unfamiliar/unknown locations. Below these much less fascinating circumstances, women and men merely change their priorities and behaviors to go well with the second.”