If you’re not doing it already, maybe you should, because studies have uncovered that cheeky sexting is good for your relationship and has been linked to higher sexual satisfaction in couples. It has been suggested that the trend of sending explicit messages or pictures was linked to risky behavior in teens, but the study has discovered that its benefits have been shamelessly overlooked.
In a day and age where technology has taken over and most of the population in the developed countries has a smartphone, distance is no longer a barrier for intimacy with your partner. Throughout time, technology found ways to bridge the gap and it has then been left to us to choose how we use it.
The trend of sexting is now scratching off its ‘taboo’ label and it’s cleaning up its reputation for being the incentive to certain risk taking behavior. According to a study by Emily Stasko and Pamela A. Geller, from Drexel University, sending sexually graphic texts can be beneficial for your relationship.
The study saw to 870 participants between the ages of 18 and 82 (the average age set at 35), where a little over half were women. They were inquired about their texting habits, with great attention placed on the more risqué behavior of sending their partners sexually explicit messages.
Out of the participants, a good majority of 88% admitted to sexting at least once in their life, whether in the form of a text or photo, and 82% had sexted within the last year. It paints quite the clear picture that teenagers are no longer the only ones engaging in the trend as part of a phase or other types of seemingly ‘rebellious’ behavior.
In fact, nearly all the participants of the survey, 98% have stated that they would endorse sexting and encourage others to take part. However, the state of the relationship has been linked to being relevant to the frequency of sexting, as 75% send explicit messages while in a committed relationship and 43% do it while involved in a casual one.
While no specific benefits have been reported, the findings have uncovered a “robust relationship” between sexting and sexual satisfaction. Patti Britton, a clinical sexologist of the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, has unquestionably stated that she recommends it for couples who have seen the passion lost between them and became stale.
It’s also a matter of extreme privacy and personal taste, so anyone already engaging in sexting or who would do so in the future are advised to first observe their partner and carefully choose if they’re the right person to receive explicit messages and pictures.
It may take an awful direction after a break-up or heated argument from vindictive ex-partners who might publicly share intimate and private photos, so it’s not described as a good idea to make it too quickly part of a new relationship that does not yet have emotional closeness.
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