During the period of his study between 19, Inis Beag supported a population of around 350, mostly living by subsistence farming and fishing.
The name "Inis Beag" is a name made up by researchers to protect the privacy of the island's people. Messenger's study of this community has often been cited by anthropologists and sexologists as an example of extreme sexual repression.
Sex has numerous physiological and psychological effects, including supporting immune function, lowering blood pressure and easing stress.
It also tends to inspire pillow talk, the exchange of deeply personal information with the person we’ve just been physically intimate with.
But if you’ve ever kicked yourself for opening up too much with your new squeeze post-sex, don’t be so hard on yourself: science has found there’s a reason we do this.