After a breakup, they ("they," being your occasionally misguided friends) say the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else. The rebound smash is nothing new, but it's been legitimized by a recent report in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. Things can exist for what seems like forever before finally getting the scientific stamp of approval:
Through a survey that had 170 undergraduate students keep weekly online diaries of their sexual experiences (hello Tumblr), the scientists found that “people really do use sex as a way to… get back at their ex-partner in the aftermath of a breakup,” according to University of Missouri researcher Lynne Cooper. One-third of the students in the study who had recently experienced a breakup went on to have rebound sex within a month of the end of the relationship, which we probably could have guessed.
Furthermore, the study found that the person considered the "victim" of the breakup (i.e., the poor soul who got dumped) is more likely to engage in post-breakup sex to soothe their broken heart—or exact "revenge" on their ex.
The survey also claims to have unearthed another fascinating truth, which is that the probability of rebound sex is high immediately after the breakup, but waned over time along with the chance of having a new sex partner at all.
This isn't news, either. After some people literally jump back on the horse, their minds are cleared and they go back to their regularly scheduled lives.Others find that rebounds don't really heal anything. In no time at all, they're stalking all of their former partner's social media accounts while sobbing uncontrollably to Adele's "Someone Like You." It's life—for some folks.