How common is sexting among married couples?
Earlier this year, we looked at a study that suggested sexting can be healthy in a relationship, but that study primarily looked at non-married couples and the average age for the behavior was, as you may expect, young adult. Which may lead you to think that married couples don’t sext. In fact, married couples do report sexting, but it is much less common than in young adult relationships and consists more of intimate talk with their partners than sending nude or nearly nude photos via mobile phones, according to a new study.
The study further examines the link between sexting behavior and relationship satisfaction or ambivalence. Coauthors Brandon McDaniel, The Pennsylvania State University, College Park, and Michelle Drouin, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, report specific differences between sending sexy messages versus sexually explicit pictures and relationship quality for men compared to women with high/low levels of attachment anxiety or avoidance.
“Research in the past has suggested that sexting might be a useful therapeutic approach to increase intimacy in couples reporting for counseling. The current study, however, seems to indicate that sexting may still be seen as something used by those feeling less secure in their relationships.”
“Clearly more research is called for,” says Editor-in-Chief Brenda K. Wiederhold, PhD, MBA, BCB, BCN, Interactive Media Institute, San Diego, California and Virtual Reality Medical Institute, Brussels, Belgium.
If you are still interested and want to read the full study you can find it (for free, shock I know) at the website listed in the sources. There is a catch, it is only free until November 28, 2015. After that you will have to pay for it… unfortunately.
McDaniel, B., & Drouin, M. (2015). Sexting Among Married Couples: Who Is Doing It, and Are They More Satisfied? Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2015.0334
This entry was posted on October 28, 2015 by Dr. Jekyll. It was filed under Psychology, Technology and was tagged with behavioral science, cell phones, couples, decision making, marriage, Mental Health Stuff, peer reviewed, psychology, science, sexual behavior, social science.