Sometimes, a scientific paper's title tells you everything you need to know. Like this one - "Positioning the booty-call relationship on the spectrum of relationships: sexual but more emotional than one-night stands." Yes, science has figured out the truth...about booty-calls.

The always amazing NCBI ROFL has the lowdown on this study, which argues that not all relationships fit cleanly into the categories of "long-term relationship" and "one-night stand." To prove their case, they point to the booty call:

Most research on human sexuality has focused on long-term pairbonds and one-night stands. However, growing evidence suggests there are relationships that do not fit cleanly into either of those categories. One of these relationships is a 'booty-call relationship.'

I did not know that "one-night stands" and "booty-calls" were considered proper scientific terminology, but I am so, so glad that they are. In order to prove booty-calls really are a whole different form of relationship, the researchers looked for behaviors common in that that type of relationship, then measured their frequency in the more "classical" relationship types.

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They discovered a measurable difference, and apparently it has a lot to do with the amount of handholding:

Demonstrative of booty-call relationships' sexual nature was individuals' tendency to leave after sex and infrequent handholding. In contrast, the romantic nature of booty-call relationships was demonstrated through the frequency of acts like kissing. The results suggest the booty-call relationship is a distinct type of relationship situated between one-night stands and serious romantic relationships.

[NCBI via Discoblog; image via Discoblog from p373's Flickr]