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Abstract The essay identifies a connection between social and scientificperspectives of reasons for correlation found in Hardens results betweenearly on-time or late sexual experience and long term effects on futureromantic relationships and socioeconomic status Hardens results showedlate sexual experience was associated with reduced levels of relationshipdissatisfaction whereas early experience was associated with a higherlikelihood of finding a partner and higher incidence of dating Genetic andenvironmental differences were controlled using a sibling-comparisonmodel Harden 2012 Both positive and negative consequences of the timingof the first sexual experience are explored potentially relating theinitial choice to have sex to the natural character of a person People whoengage in later sexual experience may be inclined to be more cautious ofthe partner they choose causing them to wait longer before making acommitment whereas people who engage in earlier experience may be moreextraverted allowing them to connect engage in more relationships andincrease their chance of finding a long term partner Essay Hardens 2012 paper explores a new scientific perspective on theeffects of sex through an examination of the correlation between early andlate experience and relationship satisfaction and involvement later inlife Early research of the timing of first sexual experience generallywithholds a social perspective and focuses on short-term physicalconsequences However Hardens experiment focuses on long-term resultsrelating sexual experience to romantic outcomes in adulthood using datadrawn from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health using anationally representative study of adolescent health and risk behaviorsHarris Halpern Smolen Haberstick 2006 as cited by Harden 2012 The findings in this paper portray both positive and negative aspectsof early on-time and late sexual experience In Hardens 2012 paper shestates that when the first sexual experience was later in life this wasconnected with higher educational attainment and higher household income inadulthood when compared with the individuals with early sexual experienceHowever findings also
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