While there are several publications stating that young adults are attached to the joys of sexting, an imminent study examining the practice of sexters in post-bout age and more general relationships often involved in sexting (by messaging or photographs) times are done for reasons that have nothing to do with attraction or stimulation.
The research, which will be published in February in the journal Computer in Human Behavior (Computers in Human Behavior), reveals the similarities between online and offline sexual behavior, and that sexting often happens in spite of the will of the other, as reported by Huffington Post.
55% of women surveyed said they had been involved in unwanted sexting, while 48% of men had done the same. These numbers are strikingly similar to previous findings on so-called "submissive sexual activity": A 1994 survey found that 55% of women in America and 35% of Americans were involved in consensual but unwanted sex.
The study's authors argue that "gender role expectations" could be the cause. Men may be more likely to agree to unwanted sexting because it is "relatively easy and does not force them to invest more in a relationship." Women in turn are discouraged from virtual sex because it can not help them achieve the "goals" they want in a relationship, the authors assume.
But what makes people feel the need for sext - especially when the evidence can so easily embarrass them if discovered by a third party? Too often someone agrees to unwanted sexting because they are trying to flirt, or satisfy a need, or enhance the intimacy of a relationship.
The researchers also found that people who were anxious about their relationships - fearing abandonment by their lovers - were more likely to be sexters.