“Sexting” gets a bad rap these days. But more and more adults are reportedly doing it, and that may not be such a bad thing. A recent study by Drexel University’s Women’s Health Psychology Lab shows that 88% of respondents send ‘sext’ messages with 8 out of 10 people surveyed admitting to sexting in the past year. Researchers also found that with the increased levels of sexting, came greater sexual satisfaction, especially for those in a relationship.
“This research indicates that sexting is a prevalent behavior that adults engage in for a variety of reasons. These findings show a robust relationship between sexting and sexual and relationship satisfaction,” said Emily Stasko, a clinical psychology doctoral student in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences.
The survey also asked about attitudes toward sexting and found that people who sexted more saw the behavior as more fun and carefree, and had higher beliefs that sexting was expected in their relationships.
Sexting has received growing negative attention, often associated as being ‘risky’ behavior. But as the researchers point out, this attitude fails to account for the potential positive effects of open sexual communication with a partner. A separate study on ‘sexting’ done by the University of Michigan similarly found that the act is not associated as risky behavior, since most respondents that received sexts also sent them… which implies a reciprocal relationship.
The bottom line is that the study proves sexting is now, pretty much viewed as a healthy component of modern adult relationships. However, know what you’re getting into when sending a ‘sext’. Anything that gets sent into the cybersphere, has the potential to be seen by a third party, even if it is just intended for your loved one.
And when it comes to sexting etiquette, make sure the person you’re dating/texting is into exchanging scandalous pictures. Just because you may be engaging in some heavy text-flirting doesn’t mean you now have the go-ahead to send pictures of your junk or goodies.