What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?
You’re going to find yourself in a position of great difficulty, if not a lot of trouble, if you’re trying to arrange for a group to get together for a night out.
The fact that the venue has been designed to encourage this is a significant part of the problem, according to a study commissioned by the organisers of the festival.
The result is that attendees are more likely to have sex with each other than with other attendees, the researchers say.
They say that, even if the group was meant to be more relaxed than others, that the atmosphere was often more awkward than a group of friends or couples.
The researchers found that men and women were equally likely to be seen having sex together.
“It’s a really problematic situation,” said Dr Sarah Dutton, an associate professor of social psychology at the University of Melbourne.
“There are very few venues for people to get naked together.”
The problem goes beyond the festival itself.
Dr Dutton says that although it is possible for an individual to be in a sexual relationship with someone, she said, there is an expectation that they will share a common interest in sex.
She said the sexual behaviour that happens around the event was also problematic.
“The more you can get the parties out, the less you’ll see the same thing happening in a group,” she said.
“I think that it’s really concerning that it seems like people will behave as if there’s no boundaries at all between them and the people they’re with.”
But organisers have responded by offering incentives, such as alcohol or free drinks, to people who arrange for people’s nakedness.
In response to the findings, the organisers said that it was their responsibility to ensure that attendees did not have an inappropriate sexual experience, but they would not take any action against people who did.
“While the results are disappointing, we know the festival has a strong and loyal following,” a spokesperson said.
But the organisers have also admitted that it had made mistakes in its planning, including in the planning of a large outdoor venue, which had its boundaries set in place before the event.
They have also acknowledged that the majority of people who attended the festival did so with consent, even though some were aware of the rules.
“These events can cause offence to people on a number of levels,” the spokesperson said, “including for those who may not understand them.”
It is likely that there will be an apology for the mistakes, and a public acknowledgement of the consequences of allowing sexual activity to occur, but it is likely to not happen immediately.
This article was originally published on The Conversation.