Sexting has officially joined the gamut of sad human sexual behavior, with a new study pointing out that most people send sexts even when they don’t want to. Just call them “pity pics.”
As reported on the Huffington Post, a new study from Computers in Human Behavior set out to find the proportion of young adults participating in “consensual but unwanted” sexting. Of 155 undergrads polled, 52 percent said they had sent sexts commonly because “they sought to flirt, engage in foreplay, satisfy a partner’s need or forster intimacy in their relationship.”
Interestingly, that proportion breaks down roughly evenly for males and females, with 48 and 55 percent of the take, respectively. The study authors were surprised at that proportion, given that they expected a large gap between the two that would enforce our perception of “compliant sexual activity.” But, still, gender roles likely are the reason behind the similar proportions:
“Men might be more likely to agree to undesired sexting because doing so is ‘relatively easy and does not require them to invest more into the relationship.’ Women in turn might be discouraged from virtual sex because it fails to help them attain their relationship ‘goals,’ the authors hypothesized.”
So, as it turns out, pretty much no one likes sexting. Unless you’re the one opening up the inbox, that is.