Notably, for women, lower sexual disgust predicted higher sociosexuality, but only as a secondary effect - when they controlled for sociosexuality, difference in sexual disgust were not significant. In the case of sexual behavior, disgust may improve mate selection and reduce risk (e.g.
sexually transmitted disease, unwanted pregnancy, bonding with unsuitable mates).
In other words, the authors wonder if women on Tinder are on average less disgusted by sex than women in general, suggesting that Tinder users may be a self-selected sample of women who are less disgusted by sex, and consequently more sex positive — and in turn, more likely to engage in casual sex.Overall, they found that both sexual disgust sensitivity and sociosexuality predicted motivation to use Tinder for casual sex.However, analyzing the data for men and women separately, an interesting difference emerged: they found that for women only, sexual disgust sensitivity was directly insignificant; only sociosexuality directly predicted Tinder use for casual sex.In this study, researchers measured disgust using the Three Domain Disgust Scale, rating items from "not disgusting at all" to "extremely disgusting".An example of a sex-related item is "hearing two strangers having sex", and a conventionally non-sexual item — "stepping on dog poop." Different people have stronger or weaker gross-out reactions.