A new study from Indiana University-Purdue University reveals that sexting might not be quite as hot as you think. In fact, about half the time, the other person isn't quite as into it as they say they are.
The study reports that 48 percent of those who've sent racy messages have lied to their partner while sexting. While two-thirds have done it to satisfy their partner, one-third of those have done it just because they're bored, the research notes.
The study -- which surveyed 155 college students -- also found that of those polled, women were almost twice as likely as men to lie while sexting, with 45 percent of women and 24 percent of men falsifying their steamy SMS messages.
The study's lead author, Michelle Drouin, told The Huffington Post that she found these results unsurprising.
"Text messaging is an ideal platform for deception, and sexting is likely just one of the many ways that people use this medium to deceive," she said.
Drouin said that texting is bound to change relationships. "The fabric of human life is changing rapidly, and the technological threads that are interwoven throughout are having a profound impact on the way we function, interact, and develop," she said.
Some consider the findings to be evidence that sexting is a negative practice among couples, Reuters reports.
"Sexting is a way to avoid intimacy," said Rob Weisskirch, a professor of human development at California State University Monterey Bay, who was not involved in the study. "These findings reinforce that sexting isn't a behavior that people who want healthy relationships are going to engage in."
However, studies have shown that those who engage in sexting are not necessarily prone to riskier or safer behaviors. In fact, researchers at the University of Michigan found that there sexting had no connection to psychological well-being at all.
Others, like Esther Perel, a therapist and author of Mating in Captivity, have said that sending illicit messages -- both those containing explicit language and those with pictures -- can improve intimacy. This is because couples may be more comfortable expressing themselves in ways they normally wouldn't offline.
But it isn't all winky face emoticons in the sexting world. The harmful consequences of teen sexting have been well documented. Sexting -- like real sex -- should only be attempted by those ready to face the potential consequences.
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