Was happy to stumble upon this recent article and study, as I’ve had a few notable arguments and debates with women I’ve dated over this subject. But once again, science has gone and shown what most of us (with experience) already knew: that relationships created from random hook ups and casual sex are just as likely to succeed as relationships that wait to have sex and have a “courting” process.
Personally, I believe very strongly in sex before commitment. You would never buy a car without test driving it. Why would you ever date somebody without sampling the goods? It’s crucial to see if you have any sexual chemistry or not. There have been a few times where I’ve had really great emotional chemistry with a woman and we really liked each other… but when we got into bed, it just didn’t work.
You can read the article and the scientific study here: http://www.salon.com/life/broadsheet/2010/08/23/hook_up_relationships/index.html