Sexting: the practical risk of sending spicy photos via a cell phone

Couples who practice “sexting“In other words, they are sent sexually suggestive or explicit images via mobile phone or social media, have better sex and are more satisfied with their relationship, according to a study from Drexler University in the United States.

Improper use of sexting can lead to psychological problems

“Sexting” (a term that comes from the contraction between sex and texting, and is also called sexteo in Spanish) has become very popular with the emergence of social networks and smartphones, and it consists in exchanging images or videos of oneself and with a strong erotic or sexual content with a trusted person. For several years, this practice has spread among young people and adults.

Sexting is considered a risky sexual practice because there may be certain risks associated with its use. For example, the access of minors to inappropriate content or the dissemination of the material among acquaintances (without the consent of the author of the image or video).

Some cases of sexting that ended badly

As has happened on several occasions, some private images ended up appearing, to the detriment of the moral integrity and reputation of the person. compromised photos have become public domain.

In Spain, one of the most notorious cases is that of the councilor of Los Yébenes (province of Toledo) Olvido Hormigos. A video that Hormigos sent to a romantic couple in which he appeared masturbating ended up being revealed, which sparked a real media storm.

These cases have also sparked a debate about the risks of sending someone erotic photos, precisely because of the danger that this third person could abuse. In addition, it is not uncommon attack by hacking specialists, able to access information from smartphones, Be able to extract all the videos and photos stored in the device memory. In fact, a few months ago, a handful of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Kim Kardasian and Selena Gomez confessed to being victims of intimate photo theft.

The distribution of this type of material can lead to serious legal consequences and the development of psychological problems when young people or adults lose control of the content and it ends up reaching unwanted recipients.

The “sexting” is an increasingly common practice of parade

According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan (United States), who used a sample of 3447 men and women, aged 18 to 24, “sexting” does not relate to “sexually risky behavior. , But is part of the suiteAs social media have provided new ways of interpersonal relationships. Although, of course, one of the most widely used platforms for sexting is the instant messaging offered by WhatsApp.

“The emergence of technology in people’s lives is causing this type of sexual practice,” argues José Arturo Bauermeister, director of the Laboratory of Sexuality and Health and co-author of this study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Couples who practice “sexting” are more satisfied with their relationship

Sexting is not only widespread among young people, but adults also enjoy this practice. According to research from Drexler University’s Women’s Health Psychology Lab, the use of sexting between couple members is associated with good relationship health.

The research involved 870 subjects aged 18 to 82 and was presented at the 123rd Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Society in Toronto. 88% of the subjects who participated in the study admitted to having practiced “sexting” at some point in their life and 82% last year. 75% of respondents said they had done so in a stable relationship and 43 in a more informal relationship.

Finally, the researchers they found a relationship between higher levels of couple satisfaction and more frequent use of this practiceIn other words, couples who are more satisfied with their relationship practice “sexting” more.

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