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    Hooking Up 2021

    This New Year’s Eve, many people will hook up in public, and we don’t mean kissing. This statistic is for you if you’re dreaming of something a little sexier (OK, a lot sexier) than a sweet kiss at midnight on New Year’s Eve: According to a survey by travel-dating platform MissTravel.com, 43% of singles have met up in public on the first night of the year. We’re not talking about a bit of action here. Miss Travel surveyed over 50,000 of its members and discovered that public sex—often in unusual places—is much more popular than you would expect. The survey results may make you wary of hooking up in bathrooms and stairwells, which are the most popular places where respondents remember hooking up. Thirty-five percent admit to squeezing into a toilet, while a remarkable 26 percent managed to do so without falling down the stairs. Balconies, buses, elevators, hallways, and coat closets are the places that come in second and third place, respectively. That last one shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering that a recent survey in the United Kingdom found 18% of people had hooked up with a colleague in the closet at an office holiday party. Why aren’t more people taking the advice to “get a room”? The midnight kiss is a big part of New Year’s Eve festivities, and whether you like it or not.

    Here Are the People Most Likely to Hook-Up at the Holiday Office Party

    You’re not alone if you’ve had your eye on someone at work and are considering making a movie at your office holiday party this month. According to a survey conducted by Ann Summers, lingerie and erotic retailer in the United Kingdom, 39% of 2,000 respondents have slept with coworkers at office holiday parties, and 54% have kissed them (or “snogged” them, in British speak). It’s almost self-evident that this isn’t all positive news. Around half of adults in the United Kingdom are married, with several more partnerships and few working with their significant others, so you do the math: This season, there will almost certainly be some infidelity. But here’s the thing: If you’re single and looking for some mistletoe action with that guy from sales, or attached and worried you or your significant other could slip up with a coworker after some company-paid champagne, here’s what you should know: The industry primarily determines the holiday hookup rate. If you or your significant other works in education, you have the slightest chance of getting close to a coworker and the slightest reason for worry if you’re in a relationship—because the chances anyone in this sector can make are the lowest.

     The More Emotionally Bonded We Feel, the More Body Parts We Allow Others to Touch

     

    We also have unspoken rules on who gets to place their hands on our bodies—and whereas anyone who has ever been startled by a stranger on the train inadvertently touching her hair or arm will attest. Our no-touch zones—and who has the right to feel us in the first place, according to a recent study from Aalto University and the University of Oxford—are evident across cultures, implying that all of those feelings have a biological basis. Participants from Finland, England, Italy, France, and Russia were asked to mark on a map of the human body where specific friends and family members were allowed to contact them and where they were not. The stronger the relationship, the more body areas are open to touching: your wife, for example, has more access than your mother, who has more access than your uncle, who has more access than a stranger. In general, the more gratification we derive from touching a specific area, the more selective we are about who has access to it. (Arms are a few places that are not off-limits for cousins and acquaintances, even though they are not a large erogenous zone.) Another interesting result was that the participants were asked to score.

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