New findings presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality suggest that reasons for sending dirty messages vary from person to person and for most people, it has nothing to do with trying to get laid.
After analysing 160 (85 women and 75 men, with most white and straight) people aged between 18 and 60 and in relationships, researchers found that there were three different type of sexters:
- People doing it for fun that ultimately ended in sex (58 people)
- People looking to build a stronger connection with their partner (54 people) and
- People who were seeking reassurance such as positive comments about their body (48 people)
Scientists say their results indicate that people are using sexting as a tool for communicating non-sexual relationship needs rather than a means for getting sex. In most cases, this included needing more attention, reassurance of their connection or body-positive comments.
There were, however, some limitations with the study. The data was self-reported and therefore participants could have lied or not accurately explained their motivation. The data was also based off of mainly straight and white male and therefore not a representation of the general population.
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