Thursday 22 March 2018

New study shows the majority of the population are sexting

Young couple in hotel room taking self portrait, using smartphone
Young couple in hotel room taking self portrait, using smartphone
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Sexting has never been more popular.

A new study at Drexel University shows that more than 80pc of men and women have sexted in the last 12 months, in spite of its risky connotations.

Nearly 90pc of adults say they have sent a sexually explicit message in their lifetime and 75pc said they sent the messages while in a commited relationship, while less than half weren't in a relationship with the person they sexted.

Just 12pc were cheating at the time.

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One of the lead researchers on the study, Emily Stasko told The Huffington Post: "What's missing in most of the discourse on sexting is pleasure.

"Most of the research focuses on teens and young adults, [and in that context] of course it makes sense to worry about, and focus on, the risks. But there isn't a large discussion about the role sexting plays for adults and in adult relationships."

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The study also shows that higher rates of sexting equated to higher levels of sexual satisfaction between two parties who weren't in a committed relationship, but it showed no impact for those who were.

"It could be that greater sexual satisfaction leads to more sexting, or it could be that more sexting leads to greater satisfaction," she added.

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