Based on the exchange theory, Hughes witnessed an individual dependency on either partner as the exchange of resources, knowledge, rewards, and costs of items, becomes more and more prominent.
Any partner that is not fully dependent upon the other typically controls the casual relationship.
They, in most cases, will have more than one sexually active partner at a given time.
Wayne State University and Michigan State University conducted a similar survey and sixty-six percent of the undergraduates in this study said they had also been in a casual relationship. Barnes: The psychology of love journal, has come up with two main types of lovers for college aged young adults.About half of this sixty-six percent said they were currently in such a relationship. They are "Eros" lovers who are passionate lovers and "Ludas" or "Ludic" lovers, which are game-playing lovers.Another major concern is that one of the partners will develop romantic feelings for the other.Communication between the two partners is essential to making this type of relationship work and because the partners in the casual relationship are often friends beforehand, talking to one another is a much simpler task.Many casual relationships establish guidelines or a set of rules.
The two participants in the relationship will reach an agreement about what each expects from the relationship.
Casual sex presents itself as less risky than random sexual intercourse because of your prior knowledge of the partner you are having sexual intercourse with.
Consumption of alcohol increases the perceptions of attraction between partners which leads to sexual activity at a much higher rate.
Also, with intoxication, low self-esteem and symptoms of depression may be adding factors to increase the chances to engage in this type of relationship or sexual activity.
Data are from the first MSM cycle of the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance system, conducted from 2003 to 2005.
"Eros" fall in love with the physical attributes of another before any other characteristic.