Finding Your Cup of Tea In today's digital world, casual sex is easier to find and experience than ever.Thanks to "adult friend finder" websites and apps, nearly anyone looking for a no-strings-attached sexual encounter can find one quickly and easily.All you do is log on, set up your profile, and let it rip.Nearly all of these apps instantly give you a grid of profile pictures, helpfully arranged by gender and location (closest to furthest away), along with the option to initiate contact, usually with a "wink," a "smile," a "nod," or some other relatively noncommittal digital display of interest.Others see casual sex as a way to enjoy being both single and sexually active.Still others believe that sex without emotional commitment or marriage is a quick ticket to eternal damnation, or at least to low self-esteem, depression and emotional isolation.It's a bit like ordering takeout Chinese for dinner. " you'll get a whole lot of widely varied opinions.
In reality, there is no universal right or wrong opinion when it comes to casual sex.No muss, no fuss, just the sex, thank you very much.Most of the time you don't even need to exchange real names. If you do an Internet search on "Is Casual Sex Healthy?In other words, the "friend finder" label is something of a euphemism -- a little like the pre-digital world calling a certain type of establishment an "adult bookstore." Quite frankly, a lot of these sex finder apps -- let's call them what they really are -- are pretty impressive.In the same way that other apps can help you locate a good deal on a used car with navigation, new tires, and a back-up camera, sex finder apps can put you in contact with any number of nearby potential sex partners.Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S, is senior vice president of clinical development with Elements Behavioral Health.