Sexting in An Online Dating World

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As the use of online dating increases, so goes sexting. A study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project Survey revealed that those who use online dating services are the most likely to send sexually explicit communications via smart phones.

The study revealed which individuals were the most likely to sext and compared that data to a study conducted the year before.

Dating via Screen

With online dating individuals from across the world can link up via screen and keyboard and end up happily ever after. The survey reported that online daters were the most likely to say that technology had an impact on their relationship when compared to smart phone owners, individuals who don’t own a cell phone, social media users and non-social media users, as well as non-online daters. With the world of prospective partners at their fingertips, it is no wonder.

As the Pew Research team analyzed the communication between online daters they found that individuals who owned cell phones and used online dating sites were the most likely to use sexting as a way of communication. Of those engaged in online dating, 55 percent said they had received sexy images from others, while 31 percent admitted to having sent at least one.

At the Touch of Your Fingertips

It’s been decades since love messages were penned with, well… a pen. Lovers these days don’t have to wait for more than a few seconds to receive notes of affection, and fingers sometimes move more rapidly than sensibility.

According to the study, 56 percent of Americans own a smartphone. Just a year ago, 46 percent owned one. Of those ages 18-29, 80 percent own a smartphone. The survey claims that the rise in smart phone purchases has contributed to the culture of sexting. Results of their study reveal that the number of cell phone users that send and receive sext messages has also increased in the past year.

The study’s finding that 18- to 24-year-olds are the most likely to receive sexts is not surprising. Pick-up lines have given way to conversations on a screen for the younger generation.

A New Generation of Dating

The survey revealed some interesting differences between individuals and couples and how often they engaged in sexting. Those individuals who were not in a steady relationship were more likely to send, receive and forward texts than individuals who were in a relationship.

Statistics about long-time married couples revealed similar results, implying that couples who had been together longer were less likely to sext. There was a dramatic drop in sexting between couples who had been married for 10 years or less and couples who had been married more than 10 years — from 32 percent to 10. Newer marriages suggest younger people, which perhaps reflects the greater use of online communication.

The Changing Levels of Intimacy

The study’s findings may inspire further study into whether sexting is replacing, diminishing or adding to intimacy. Some say that sexting diminishes the intimacy that couples build from time together – there’s no cuddling after sexting.

Yet 21 percent of young cell phone and internet users who are in steady relationships are grateful that they can use texting, Tweeting, Facebook messaging and email to keep in touch with their loved one. But this view is not a reflection on sexting, only Internet communication. While technology allows military couples the chance to connect across continents it has also complicated the nuances of dating.

As it keeps evolving, the next chapter in this love story will no doubt be interesting.