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It can be helpful and healing to be touched again,” says Rich.
The physical act of sex itself can also raise people’s spirits.
“Assuming it’s reasonably safe and consensual, it can certainly help in the healing process.”“Why wouldn’t it be normal to use whatever we have at our finger tip to feel better or move on? Lisa Wade, chair of the sociology department at Occidental College in California.
Yet, even when rebound sex can add in the short-term to the heartbreak, it may actually have long-term benefits.She ultimately felt like “it was time to sow my wild oats.” Within a week she was hooking up with new people.“It made me feel sexually excited in a way I hadn’t been during my long-term relationship,” she says.I wanted to feel like I was needed in some way,” says Dior, adding that it may not have been an emotional feeling, but at least it was physical.The 26-year-old production manager from New York slept with someone a day after ending her relationship with her boyfriend of a year and a half.(Dior, like most of the breakup sex-havers we spoke with for this story, requested we do not publish her last name.)“You’re attempting to fill a void. It’s having that element of familiarity and comfort,” says Bryan, a 31-year-old lawyer in New York City, who also slept with someone the day after his girlfriend ended their relationship.