It’s no secret that sexting has elevated considerably with the elevated use of expertise. Texting and sexting types definitely enter into nearly each relationship. The query of whether or not or not sexting is helpful or detrimental to a relationship appears to be an unanswered one.
Maybe sexting/texting type has little influence on the standard of relationships, however this appears unlikely. Moreover, sexting type and particular person traits have to be related. The query is how. We’re all curious in regards to the solutions to those questions, sure?
Effectively, we’ve got excellent news. A examine by Galovan et al. (2018) shed a shiny mild on a few of the very difficult however fascinating relationships between sexting/texting types and relationship satisfaction and particular person traits.
The inhabitants for this examine was a bunch of 615 Canadians and People ages 18-85 in dedicated relationships. The group was damaged down by their sexting type into 4 subgroups which included non-sexters, word-only sexters, frequent sexters, and hyper sexters. Curiously, most people fell into the non-sexting group, adopted by the word-only sexting group.
The teams have been outlined by the researchers as:
- Non-sexters who reported by no means or hardly ever sending or receiving sexually specific texts.
- Phrase-only sexters reported sending and receiving sexually specific messages in phrases only some occasions per week. Moreover, they reported hardly ever sending or receiving nude and/or practically nude footage.
- Frequent sexters reported sending and receiving sexually specific phrase texts barely quite a lot of occasions per week. Equally, they reported sending and receiving nude or practically nude footage barely lower than a number of occasions per week.
- Hyper sexters have been those that reported sending and receiving sexually specific phrase texts and nude/practically nude footage both day by day or many occasions per day.
The relationships between sexting types and relationship satisfaction, and different relationship traits have been then examined. Surprisingly, frequent and hyper texters reported a degree of relationship satisfaction that didn’t differ from the non or word-only sexters. Nevertheless, sexual satisfaction was considerably higher within the group of frequent and hyper sexters than within the teams of non and word-only sexters.
Concerning different particular person and relationship traits, frequent and hyper sexters scored increased than non and word-only sexters on measures of ambivalence in regards to the relationship and reported decrease ranges of relationship dedication.
Additionally they reported increased ranges of relationship battle. Ranges of shallowness and despair didn’t seem to vary among the many completely different teams. Moreover, those that sexted extra often appeared to have larger difficulties with attachment points, together with attachment avoidance and attachment anxiousness.
Among the most necessary outcomes of this examine have been associated to sexting type and media use. Sexters have been extra doubtless than non-sexters to view pornography. Not surprisingly, the sexting group was most probably to make use of media total. Sexters have been extra prone to allow expertise to intrude of their relationships. This was labeled as expertise interference or technoference by the researchers. This refers to checking telephones and different types of media throughout time spent collectively.
Lastly, sexters have been extra prone to be concerned in infidelity-related habits on social media. This refers to sharing intimate data on social media with these exterior of the connection and to discomfort with having companions entry their social media habits with others.
The outcomes of this examine definitely reveal the variations among the many numerous sorts of sexters. Remember, although, that there are limitations on this examine. The info have been collected by self-report measures, and self-reporters are likely to underreport. The info is correlational, and due to this fact directionality is unclear. Lastly, sexting was checked out in dedicated relationships solely.
Additional research ought to give attention to how sexting impacts the event of relationships.