University of Mississippi

Carrie Smith’s Research Suggests the “First Time” Really Matters

In an exclusive article for the UK’s MailOnline, University of Mississippi instructional assistant professor in the Department of Psychology Carrie V. Smith said the circumstances of how someone loses their virginity “appears to have implications for their well-being years later.” 

Smith, joined Matthew Shaffer of the University of Tennessee in surveying 331 young men and women about how they lost their virginity. It seems the “first time” really does color your sex life for years to come, according to a study “Gone But Not Forgotten,” compiled by two researchers. 

The study is one of the first to look at whether the first sexual experience has lasting consequences.

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