Everyone is enticed by a no-strings-attached encounter for different reasons. Sometimes, it’s to get over a terrible, sex-less relationship. Perhaps, it’s when you’re in the mood to do the horizontal tango — but you’re not ready for anything serious. Everyone has their motivations — all of which are warranted and personal — but a recent study found an interesting trend in the LGBTQ community.
Apparently, gay men are more likely to say “yes” to a hookup when their cell phone is dying.
Yep: you read that right. Why though? It boils down to a sense of urgency that forces many to hop on board or abandon ship.
Researchers at the Department of Psychology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Canada analyzed 262 men who have sex with men and who used Tinder, Grindr or both at least once a week. To test out their theories, they split up participants into “battery life” groups, set at 5 percent, 20 percent and 100 percent. Those in the 5 or the 20 percent were far more likely to agree to hookup than those who had a full charge — and could keep the swiping or conversation going for longer.
It’s important to note this is the first study of its kind — and a very small sample of an entire sexual orientation population. Further research is definitely needed to really correlate low battery life and the opportunity of sex — but some of the reasoning does make sense: Aren’t you more likely to do something when you’re running out of juice?
Say, when you have 10 percent and Uber is surging — will you suck it up and pay the fee? Or when you’re arguing with your pal about where to go to dinner and you know your battery is about to bite it? You’ll probably give into their suggestion. Need to hop on a flight and have an annoying email to respond to — you’ll keep it short and turn on airplane mode to conserve
As the study says: “The results offer insight into how something apparently inconsequential such as a cellphone battery, can impair decision-making about something of far greater consequence — in this case, the decision to engage in an online sexual encounter.”
What do you think? Would you decide to go all the way with someone — and perhaps, um, borrow their charger before you head out the door?