Snapping a dirty photo to send to your S.O. can help keep your relationship hot and flirtyÃ¢â‚¬”but it's not always a smart move: Many people in committed relationships participate in sexting even when they don't really want to, according to a new study scheduled to be published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior.
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For the study, researchers from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne surveyed 155 college students about their motivations while sexting their romantic partners. Fifty-two percent of the participants admitted to sexting when they weren't into itÃ¢â‚¬”and surprisingly, men engaged in this behavior just as much as women.
Why? The most common reasons were for flirtation and foreplayÃ¢â‚¬”no big surprise there. But interestingly, those who were anxious about their relationshipÃ¢â‚¬”and needed reassurance that their partner loved themÃ¢â‚¬”were more likely to sext half-heartedly. The study authors say they likely wanted to avoid potential arguments and seem closer to their S.O.
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We're all for sexting when you're in an exclusive relationship. That said, you should never feel pressured to photograph your naughty bits if you're not in the mood. So the next time someone asks for a naked pic and you're not into it, send them the best response to an unsolicited sext. They'll get your message loud and clear.