With the popularization of messaging applications, the sexting is consolidated as an increasingly common practice among couples. However, anyone who thinks that sharing erotic content occurs only between people who want to have sex is mistaken. A study released last Tuesday (26) by the Department of Psychological Sciences at Texas Tech University, in the United States, revealed that two thirds of sexting they send provocative messages for non-sexual reasons.
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After collecting data from 160 people between 18 and 69 years old, all in a stable and consensual relationship, the researchers conclude that there are three main reasons why couples practice sexting: use the messages as foreplay for the sexual act, receive a positive feedback from the partner and thus feel that the relationship is solid, or please the partner with the expectation of receiving some reward, such as going out to dinner.
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"intriguing that two thirds of the people involved in sexting do it for non-sexual purposes, "said doctoral student Kassidy Cox to the Texas Tech News website. She conducted the research in partnership with Professor Joseph M. Currin." This may actually be demonstrating that some people practice sexting, but prefer not to do so. Still, they do it as a means of getting a statement about their relationship, relieving anxiety or getting something tangible non-sexual in return, "added Cox.
Still according to the researchers, the groups are almost equal in terms of number, and none of the three reasons is more common than the other two. In addition, there were no significant differences in motivation based on sexual orientation, gender or age. "O sexting among adults an evolution of how we communicate our sexual desires to our partners ", pointed out Currin in the interview with Texas Tech News.
Finally, the researchers pointed out that, without the recipient's consent, the practice constitutes harassment. "As with any sexual behavior, it is important and necessary to have consent to engage in sexting"Currin said." People who send unsolicited sexual messages, like images of their genitals, are not doing sexting. In fact, they are sexually harassing the recipient, "he concluded.
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