We all know that “sexting”—sending suggestive and even erotic text messages—has become a major part of modern life. It spruces up our days, or, for parents, proves a formidable enemy in the never-ending war to keep their teenagers out of trouble! Many assume that “sexting” is largely the province of over-eager males, but a new study shows, remarkably, that the opposite is actually closer to the truth: women are far, far more likely to be the ones sending “sexts” than men!
The International Business Times reports:
A study, “Let My Fingers Do the Talking: Sexting and Infidelity in Cyberspace,” by Dr. Diane Kholos Wysocki found that women are more likely to punch their own buttons—on a cell phone, that is.
The study, conducted in 2009, showed roughly two-thirds of the women surveyed were more likely to send nude photographs or sexually explicit text messages than about half the men surveyed; sexting was more likely among the few surveyed who were aged 19-24. Researchers administered an online survey luring 5,187 adult visitors to the Web site AshleyMadison.com, an “infidelity” service aimed at married men and women, and 68 questions to users about their Internet use, sexual behaviors and demographics.
“Cheating is alive and well, and ‘sexting’ is on the rise.” Wysocki told The New York Times. “But I don’t believe the Internet is causing people to cheat. There seems to be something going on with marriage that’s the bigger social issue. Before, people would just get a divorce. For some reason, people are staying and cheating instead.”
In the study, women were also more likely to meet people in real life after meeting them online, specifically, 83 percent of women compared with 67 percent of men, yet, women were less likely to be anxious about being caught looking at sexually explicit material and less cautious than men about erasing their naughty tracks on the Internet.
What do you think—are women truly more likely to send “sexts”—and why?