Brits are having sex with pals rather than one-night stands, research shows 0 316

ROMPING with pals has replaced one-night stands as Covid makes friends with benefits more popular.

There has been a dramatic fall in singletons looking for one-off sex since the pandemic hit two years ago, researchers say.

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But so-called situationship romps — where friends have sex without the romantic commitment — are more common, the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyle found.

Experts say the number of people having one-night stands has fallen from eight per cent to four per cent in ten years.

Research was carried out throughout the pandemic, including during national lockdowns, local lockdowns and periods when rules were eased.

Co-leader of the study Professor Kirstin Mitchell, from the Institute of Health and Well Being at Glasgow University, said: “The restrictions in place in the early part of the pandemic fundamentally altered the opportunities people could have to have sex.

“Covid 19 restrictions led to significant shifts in sexual repertoires, frequency and satisfaction, mostly for those not cohabiting and young people.”

The study also found two thirds of people had sex with someone in their support bubble during the lockdowns.

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Only 22 per cent said the pandemic had not affected their sex lives.

Researchers interviewed 6,500 people aged 16 to 59 in July 2020 and the same number in April last year.

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Supporting Ukraine Through Purchasing Power: The Initiatives Keeping the Country’s Economy Afloat 0 173

Amidst the Russian invasion, Ukrainian creatives are launching initiatives to keep the country’s economy going by harnessing consumer power. Spend With Ukraine is one such online resource that connects consumers to Ukraine-based businesses across various industries, while the Ukrainian Emergency Art Fund allows for donations to support artists. Co-founder of Spend With Ukraine, Andrey Klen, emphasizes the importance of supporting the Ukrainian economy through purchasing decisions. He states, “Armies win battles, but economies win wars.”

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Ensuring Safety and Consent in the Adult Film Industry: A Vital Discussion 0 259

One topic that may be of interest to readers in the adult film industry is the topic of workplace safety and consent.

The adult film industry, like any other industry, has a responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of its workers. This includes providing a safe working environment, protecting workers from physical and emotional harm, and ensuring that all acts are consensual. However, the nature of the adult film industry can make it difficult to ensure that these standards are met. Actors and actresses may feel pressure to perform acts that they are not comfortable with, and there have been instances of abuse and exploitation in the industry.

To address these issues, it is essential for the industry to have clear guidelines and policies in place to protect the rights and safety of workers. This includes providing education and resources for performers, implementing strict consent protocols, and holding producers and directors accountable for ensuring a safe working environment.

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By discussing these topics, the industry can work towards creating a safer and more respectful environment for all performers and ensure that the rights and well-being of workers are protected.

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