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Does Sexting Improve Adult Sexual Relationships?

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Does Sexting Improve Adult Sexual Relationships?
Brenda K. Wiederhold, PhD, MBA, BCB, BCN
Ina2011 editorial,
we asked if adult sexting should be
considered a deviant behavior eligible for inclusion in the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders.
This was prompted by Rep. Weiner’s fall from grace after he
was caught sexting both lewd photos of himself and messages
to various women while he was married. At that time, we
called for more research on adult sexting.
Now, 4 years later, sexting has gone mainstream. Indeed, a
study of 870 U.S. adults aged 18–72 years showed that 88%
had sexted in their lifetime.
Findings indicate ‘‘a robust
relationship between sexting and sexual satisfaction,’’ while
the relationship between sexting and relationship satisfaction
requires further study. Past experiences appear to influence a
person’s attitude about sexting. Someone is more likely to
have sexted in the past if the individual perceives it as fun
and carefree and has a higher relational expectation about
sexting while perceiving it as low risk.
Certainly, issues related to risk have prompted researchers
to focus most studies on negative consequences, especially in
younger populations. To date, the majority of adult studies
have been conducted with college undergraduates. In one
study of 160 men and 320 women, more than one-fifth felt
coerced into sexting, and sexting coercion was related to
physical sex coercion and intimate partner violence.
other study of 88 undergraduates created a predictive risk
model for sexting, finding that those who engaged in un-
protected sex, viewed adult pornography, and engaged in
web-based video chatting with strangers were more likely to
A third study in CYBER of 278 undergraduates was
designed to identify common expectations about sexting, and
found both negative expectations as well as positive expec-
tations related to the fun and sexually related aspects.
Is there a certain type of person who is inclined to perceive
sexting as fun and carefree? A recent review of the literature
concluded that there is a paucity of research in this area, as
the majority of research has related sexting to a health risk
‘‘In terms of personality traits, sexting is generally
related with those subjects who score high in a search for
sensation, impulsiveness, and who are prone to risk activities
(p119).’’ The review indicated that there may be some re-
lationship between sexting and attachment, as sexting could
be a new expression of anxious or insecure attachment.
Another study involved two different groups of mostly
women undergraduates—135 in 2009 and 145 in 2011.
While this study of communication technology did not ask
these people specifically about sexting their romantic part-
ners, researchers postulated that it is ‘‘possible that individ-
uals higher in attachment avoidance may find it easier to
meet their intimacy and/or sexual needs via texting than
other methods of communication (p1776).’’
A recent study of undergraduates indicates that sexting
may be more acceptable in same-sex relationships as op-
posed to heterosexual relationships, perhaps because gays
and lesbians need to manage to whom they come out and
when. Sexting allows connection with others while not
compromising the level of ‘‘outness.’
Finally, a large study (n=3,447) of 18–24 year olds sug-
gests that there is no relationship between sexting and sexual
risk behavior or psychological well-being, specifically no
relationship to mental health issues such as depression,
anxiety, or low self-esteem.
Certainly, as we said 4 years
ago, more research is needed. However, perhaps for the
better, it appears that adult sexting is here to stay.
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Brenda K. Wiederhold
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DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2015.29014.bkw
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... For example, research has suggested that how "fun" sexting is perceived to be related to engagement (e.g. Rodríguez-Castro et al, 2017;Wiederhold, 2015). This work tends to show that individuals sext for the fun of it. ...
... In contrast to previous work (e.g. Rodríguez-Castro et al., 2017;Wiederhold, 2015), our findings suggest that such beliefs are not associated with intending to or engaging in sexting behavior. The perceived benefits of the behavior appear to be more important than viewing the behavior as fun. ...
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... Some researchers have questioned whether sexting has become normative as empirical findings suggest that this practice is quite prevalent among today's emerging adults (Mori et al., 2020). This prevalence is surprising as sexting does not merely have positive consequences (e.g., Wiederhold, 2015); in some contexts, sexting has been linked to various emotional and physical risks (e.g., Benotsch, Snipes, Martin, & Bull, 2013;Dake, Price, Mariarz, & Ward, 2012). One of the most salient sexting risks is the forwarding of compromising images by the receiver without consent. ...
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... The results of this study indicate that, contrary to popular belief, sexting may not be a useful tool for improving relationship satisfaction. Moreover, popular media articles may be exaggerating the potential relationship benefits associated with sexting (Roth, 2015;Aubrey, 2016;Fox, 2016;Weisskirch, 2016;Green, 2013) whilst disregarding the potential risks associated with the engagement in sexting behaviour (Roth, 2015;Chalfen, 2009;Weisskirch & Delevi, 2011;Wiederhold, 2015). As there are no improvements to relationship satisfaction due to sexting, sending one's naked images to a partner or love interest may not be worth the risk of potential serious negative consequences such as sexual coercion, dissemination of personal photos, blackmail, or legal consequences (Roth, 2015;Chalfen, 2009;Weisskirch & Delevi, 2011;Sumter et al., 2013). ...
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... Research examining risk behaviors has predominated the literature in sexting; considerably less research has focused on the potential consequential benefits of sexting [39]. Some data suggest that individuals perceive sexting as a way to continue to connect in a relationship, particularly during college when partners may be separated [10,40,41]. ...
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... The public has shown great interest in the phenomenon of teen and young adult sexting (Hasinoff, 2012). In fact, researchers have argued that sexting for teens and young adults is not a phenomenon that will be leaving society soon (Wiederhold, 2015). However, the general public and researchers alike are divided about the level of risk, danger, and negative consequences of sexting for these populations (e.g., Albury & Crawford, 2012;Hasinoff, 2015;Jenkins & Stamp, 2018;Perkins, Becker, Tehee & Mackerprang, 2014). ...
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There are few studies about the sexting phenomenon, and most of them are of a descriptive nature. However, not many of them relate this practice with psychological or social constructs. Our aim is to explore what psychological aspects, attitudes and behaviour have been associated with the practice of sexting. To achieve this, we have made a systematic review of the existent literature. One remarkable evolution in these studies is that their amount has grown, and more attention has been paid to the above mentioned issues. If we take a general view to the results, we can distinguish a clear 'criminalizing' tendency, since most of the investigation lines have been oriented to relate sexting with health risk behaviour. One of the main conclusions to emphasize is that despite the risks of this practice, young people continue doing it. We find it convenient to look closer at this psychological framework to obtain relevant data for the future. (C) 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (
Communication over the Internet is helpful for marginalized individuals in their efforts to feel a part of the collective whole and gain personal empowerment. For individuals who identify as part of the LGB community, the Internet can be seen as a tool to take control of their lives, may promote self-esteem, and foster a sense of belongingness. The purpose of the study was about sexting practices on college campuses in general. It builds on the existing body of knowledge by attending specifically to sexting rather than the previous literature about engagement in sexual behavior online. Participants responded to a survey on sexting and technology use as well as questions from the Sociosexual Orientation Inventory–Revised (SOI-R) and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Identity Scale (LGBIS). Findings indicated that sexting is viewed as more acceptable in same-sex relationships compared with heterosexual relationships. Implications for future research include exploring how greater degrees of perceived acceptability manifests in both problematic and advantageous ways in relationships. Implications for practice include being able to identify how same sex couples reporting higher degrees of acceptability with sexting in their relationship can translate to heterosexual relationships.
In this study, we examined the relationships between sexting coercion, physical sex coercion, intimate partner violence, and mental health and trauma symptoms within a sample of 480 young adult undergraduates (160 men and 320 women). Approximately one fifth of the sample indicated that they had engaged in sexting when they did not want to. Those who had been coerced into sexting had usually been coerced by subtler tactics (e.g., repeated asking and being made to feel obligated) than more severe forms of coercion (e.g., physical threats). Nevertheless, the trauma related to these acts of coercion both at the time they occurred and now (looking back) were greater for sexting coercion than for physical sex coercion. Moreover, women noted significantly more trauma now (looking back) than at the time the events occurred for sexting coercion. Additionally, those who experienced more instances of sexting coercion also endorsed more symptoms of anxiety, depression, and generalized trauma. Finally, sexting coercion was related to both physical sex coercion and intimate partner violence, which suggests that sexting coercion may be a form of intimate partner violence, providing perpetrators with a new, digital route for physical and sexual covictimization.
In an online survey with two cohorts (2009 and 2011) of undergraduates in dating relationships, we examined how attachment was related to communication technology use within romantic relationships. Participants reported on their attachment style and frequency of in-person communication as well as phone, text messaging, social network site (SNS), and electronic mail usage with partners. Texting and SNS communication were more frequent in 2011 than 2009. Attachment avoidance was related to less frequent phone use and texting, and greater email usage. Electronic communication channels (phone and texting) were related to positive relationship qualities, however, once accounting for attachment, only moderated effects were found. Interactions indicated texting was linked to more positive relationships for highly avoidant (but not less avoidant) participants. Additionally, email use was linked to more conflict for highly avoidant (but not less avoidant) participants. Finally, greater use of a SNS was positively associated with intimacy/support for those higher (but not lower) on attachment anxiety. This study illustrates how attachment can help to explain why the use of specific technology-based communication channels within romantic relationships may mean different things to different people, and that certain channels may be especially relevant in meeting insecurely attached individuals’ needs.
Abstract Sexting, or the exchange of sexually explicit material via Internet social-networking site or mobile phone, is an increasingly prevalent behavior. The study sought to (1) identify expectancies regarding sexting behaviors, (2) examine how demographics (i.e., gender, sexual identity, relationship status) might be differentially related to sexting expectancies and behaviors, and (3) examine whether these concurrent relationships are consistent with a theoretical causal model in which sexting expectancies influence sexting behaviors. The sample consisted of 278 undergraduate students (mean age=21.0 years, SD=4.56; 53.8% female; 76.3% caucasian). Factor analyses supported the validity and reliability of the Sextpectancies Measure (α=0.85-0.93 across subscales) and indicated two expectancy domains each for both sending and receiving sexts: positive expectancies (sexual-related and affect-related) and negative expectancies. Males reported stronger positive expectancies (F=4.64, p=0.03) while females reported stronger negative expectancies (F=6.11, p=0.01) about receiving sexts. There were also differences across relationship status regarding negative expectancies (F=2.25, p=0.05 for sending; F=4.24, p=0.002 for receiving). There were also significant effects of positive (F=45.98, p<0.001 for sending, F=22.42, p<0.001 for receiving) and negative expectancies (F=36.65, p=0.02 sending, F=14.41, p<0.001 receiving) on sexting behaviors (η(2) from 0.04-0.13). College students reported both positive and negative sextpectancies, although sextpectancies and sexting varied significantly across gender, race, sexual identity, and relationship status. Concurrent relationships were consistent with the causal model of sextpectancies influencing sexting behaviors, and this study serves as the first test of this model, which could inform future prevention strategies to mitigate sexting risks.
Purpose: Sexting has stirred debate over its legality and safety, but few researchers have documented the relationship between sexting and health. We describe the sexting behavior of young adults in the United States, and examine its association with sexual behavior and psychological well-being. Methods: Using an adapted Web version of respondent-driven sampling, we recruited a sample of U.S. young adults (aged 18-24 years, N = 3,447). We examined participant sexting behavior using four categories of sexting: (1) nonsexters, (2) receivers, (3) senders, and (4) two-way sexters. We then assessed the relationships between sexting categories and sociodemographic characteristics, sexual behavior, and psychological well-being. Results: More than half (57%) of the respondents were nonsexters, 28.2% were two-way sexters, 12.6% were receivers, and 2% were senders. Male respondents were more likely to be receivers than their female counterparts. Sexually active respondents were more likely to be two-way sexters than non-sexually active ones. Among participants who were sexually active in the past 30 days, we found no differences across sexting groups in the number of sexual partners or the number of unprotected sex partners in the past 30 days. We also found no relationship between sexting and psychological well-being. Conclusions: Our results suggest that sexting is not related to sexual risk behavior or psychological well-being. We discuss the findings of this study and propose directions for further research on sexting.
Reframing sexting as a positive relationship behavior. Paper presented at American Psychological Association 2015 Convention
  • E C Stasko
  • P A Geller
Stasko EC, Geller PA. Reframing sexting as a positive relationship behavior. Paper presented at American Psychological Association 2015 Convention, August 6-9, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. reframing-sexting.pdf (accessed Sept. 30, 2015).
  • Brenda K Wiederhold
  • Editor
Brenda K. Wiederhold Editor-in-Chief CYBERPSYCHOLOGY, BEHAVIOR, AND SOCIAL NETWORKING Volume 18, Number 11, 2015