There's A Scientific Reason For Why You Overshare After Sex
If you're never more embarassing than in the moments after you've had sex, you'll be pleased to hear that you're not the only person out there who's spilled your deepest, darkest secrets onto your mildly terrified partner.
While post-coital talk is never going to take on the most formal of topics, a study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin has explored how exposure to erotic images can alter a person's conversation pattern.
In a study titled Sex Unleashes Your Tongue, the results showed that even *thinking* about sex leaves a person more likely to disclose intimate details about their life to a complete stranger.
"In Study 1, participants were subliminally exposed to sexual stimuli (vs. neutral stimuli), and then disclosed over Instant Messenger a personal event to an opposite-sex stranger. Results showed that merely thinking about sex, even without being aware of it, encouraged self-disclosure.
Study 2 replicated these findings in relatively naturalistic conditions (live face-to-face interactions following supraliminal video priming).
Study 3 extended these findings, indicating that sexual priming facilitated self-disclosure, which, in turn, increased interest in future interactions with the stranger."
By comparison, the portion of the group who hadn't been exposed to sexual stimulu were most reserved in their immediate conversations, and much less likely to bring up deeply personal, cringeworthy events.
So, next time you want to evaporate into thin air thinking about your post-sex discussions, console yourself with the fact that you can, at least, blame your confessional ramblings on Science.
Hear that? That's the sounds of sweet, sweet relief.
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