Research from Rob Weisskirch, a professor of human development at California State University, has found that sexting is more likely to occur within a committed relationship.
#1 Attachment Theory
Your relationship with your child carer as an infant affects your adult relationships. Those with competent mothers and fathers have a secure relationship as they responded to basic needs when you were hungry or cold. Therefore attachment anxiety is low.
If your parents of child carers were deficient then insecure attachment is likely to have developed since anxiety and mistrust were the foundations of your primal relationships, carrying on later on. As adults, the results could be mistrusting others and avoiding intimacy.
#2 The Study: Who Sexts and Why?
459 unmarried, heteroxexual, undergraduate students were given an online questionnaire asking about their anxiety influences and sexting behavior. Half were single and 71 percent were female. It was predicted that those with dating anxiety were more likely to sext.
What the researchers found was that those in long or short romantic relationships were more likely to sext than singles. Men and women were equally likely to sext although men engaged in more sexual propositioning.
Those with a secure attachment style in close relationships but who also worried what their partner thought of them were more likely to sext
#3 Pleasure, Desire and Commitment
Those who were in committed relationships may feel more comfortable and secure, allowing them to engage in sexting. Those who want to please their partner may also feel the need to sext.
Explanations could be because there is less judgment in committed relationships, rather than partners who we do not know one another well.
#4 Sexting Fails
According to McAfee, a security software firm who published ‘Love, Relationships, and Technology,’ in 2014, they found that 96 percent of people use their phones to take pictures and 49 percent send or receive sexual content via video, photo, e-mail or messaging.
Furthermore, 77 percent send sexual content to their partners, 50 percent of adults store sexts and images they receive and 16 percent send them to complete strangers.
The most popular sexting age group was 18-24 year olds.
Due to the frequency and ease of sexting, a few mishaps are likely to occur along the way:
# 5 Sexting Emojis
In 2015, the Oxford English Dictionary Word of the Year was the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji because along with SwiftKey, a mobile technology business, OED found that the frequency and usage statistics pointed out that it was the most globally used emoji in 2015.
However, there are also other ways to use emojis, namely in sexting:
- If you had deficient parents or child carers, you are more likely to be less trusting of others and more anxious as adults.
- Those in committed relationships were more likely to sext than singles due to increased trust and intimacy.
- The most popular sexting age group is 18-24. Also, 77 percent send sexual content to their partners, 50 percent of adults store sexts and images they receive and 16 percent send them to complete strangers.