If you don’t know what sexting is, I just have to ask you one question: have you been living under a rock for the past couple of years?
Sexting, which is the sending of suggestive photos, videos and messages, is something that many couples choose to engage in. Researchers Rob Weisskirch, Michelle Drounin and Rakel Delevi of California State University decided to look into why people sext and what it says about their relationships.
More specifically, the researchers were interested in learning how relationship anxiety played into people’s decision to sext their partner. In order to get a feel for those motives, they gave 459 unmarried, heterosexual, undergraduate students an online survey that measured their “sexting behaviors, relationship commitment needed to engage in sexting, their fear of being single, their dating anxiety and their attachment style (secure or insecure).”
It was revealed that those in romantic relationships were more likely to have sexted than those who were single (which certainly isn’t groundbreaking information). If someone had a fear of negative evaluation by their partner, but a secure attachment to them, they were more likely to sext, too.
This basically means that those who were comfortable in their relationships felt comfortable enough to sext their partner.
The researchers originally hypothesized that sexting was driven by a fear of losing the relationship, but instead, they discovered that it is actually an expression of a healthy one.