A new study suggests men and women have very different pangs of regret in relation to sex affairs.
While men wish they were better at picking up women or taking them to bed, women say they regret who they lost their virginity to or moving too fast sexually, according to results of a UCLA and University of Texas study.
"For men, throughout evolutionary history, every missed opportunity to have sex with a new partner was potentially a missed reproductive opportunity - a costly loss from an evolutionary perspective," Dr. Martie Haselton, the study's co-author and UCLA professor, said.
Meanwhile, women had to worry about the possibility of nine months of pregnancy and caring for a baby.
Here were the three most common regrets for men:
- Being too shy to make a move on a prospective sexual partner (27 per cent)
- Not being more sexually adventurous when they were young (23 per cent)
- Not being more sexually adventurous when they were single (19 per cent)
And here were the three most common regrets for women:
- Losing their virginity to the wrong partner (24 per cent)
- Cheating on a present or past partner (23 per cent)
- Moving too fast sexually (20 per cent)
More women than men even said having sex with an unattractive partner was their top regret.
Across the board, men and women were having equal amounts of casual sex, but it was women who felt more remorse over those encounters. This was the same in gay, lesbian and bisexual hookups - women always felt regret more often and more intensely.