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Sexting in pandemic times: COVID-19 is changing love lives, but not everything is romantic

The researcher indicates that the trend can be explained by several factors. The increasing level of stress caused by quarantine triggers the production of testosterone, both in men and women, which leads to an increased production of norepinephrine and adrenaline. The result is an increase in sexual desire in most people.

The security of the digital world, in the sense that it does not allow physical contact between users, leads many to choose to go to social networks, digital platforms or dating applications to express themselves sexually. In addition, there is now much more time available to do so.

The researcher also explains that the current trend of online sexual expression ends up giving people a certain sense of freedom. They cannot go beyond the simple expression of feelings. They are not obliged to commit and have to go on dates or have sex, says Dr. Helen Fisher.

However, there is a parallel trend to the increase in online sexual expression, as there are those who want to risk breaking the quarantine to meet potential suitors, forcing others to engage in risky behavior.

Not everything is as romantic as it seems

In addition to the real boom in dating apps and nudity sharing, the number of users trying to convince others that going out in the middle of the pandemic for a more sizzling date is something perfectly normal.

Visual artist Samantha Rothenberg has alerted on her instagram to the growing and dangerous trend. The artist has a collection of illustrations based on real conversations in dating apps called Screenshot Stories, where she portrays the experiences sent by several users.

To the Mashable website, Samantha Rothenberg revealed that since the pandemic intensified, it has received numerous submissions from people who have gone through authentic horror stories for refusing, for example, to meet someone. Many of the submissions that Samantha Rothenberg receives come from young women who are confronted by men, even going through situations of virtual harassment.

It is true that Tinder, Bumble and Hinge have been alerting users to behaviors that should be taken into account in quarantine times, but the warnings do not seem to be having much effect. Recently, the artist created an online petition to alert companies behind dating applications for the issue. In all, the petition that wants applications to tighten its grip on those looking for romantic getaways outside of isolation, already has about 1,800 signatures.