Sext with no sing up at all
Here at Glamour we're only so interested in what kids are doing (cue Helen Lovejoy's "Won't someone please think of the children!"), but this study begs the question: What exactly constitutes a sext?So, a little sexting within a relationship might not be too bad.Last week, two interesting statistics on young people and sexual activity using their phones appeared in the media.As a human development researcher who studies how technology influences relationships, I wanted to understand if people who are anxious about dating or about what their partner thinks of them are more likely to sext.One of the major theories regarding relationships is called attachment theory.We also found that, generally, dating anxiety from fear of negative evaluation from the romantic partner (basically, worrying about what your partner thinks of you) and having a more secure attachment style (i.e., comfort with intimacy and close relationships) predicted if someone had sent a sexually suggestive photo or video, a picture in underwear or lingerie, a nude photo or a sexually suggestive text.We expected to find that anxiety would prompt people to sext but were surprised that comfort with intimacy related to sexting behaviors.
If you're dating a girl who has a dedicated spanking fetish, and you send her a picture of a ping pong paddle, that's a sext.
We found that people in romantic relationships—whether of long or short duration—were more likely to have sexted than those who did not have romantic partners.
There were no gender differences for engaging in sexting, except that males were more likely than females to have sent a text propositioning sexual activity.
You might realize that relationships may not be trustworthy, not invest in close relationships, and avoid intimacy all together.
My colleagues, Michelle Drouin and Rakel Delevi, and I hypothesized that people who were afraid of being single or had dating anxiety and who were, at the same time, anxious or insecure in their attachment style would be more likely to sext.
printed a study showing that 10 percent of kids age 10-17 have received or sent a sexually suggestive images, only 1 percent have shared images that display explicit nudity. It's probably a tiny minority of the kids doing all the sexting, and 2.