I love science. Chances are, if you like to smoke weed and/or sleep in and/or sext with vigilance, you love science too. Yes, according to a new study, sexting is not only just as common (if not more so) than you imagined, it's also quite good for your respective relationships. The study finds that "greater levels of sexting were associated with greater sexual satisfaction," particularly in those who claimed to be currently coupled in some degree.
The study, performed by researchers from Drexel University, also reveals that nearly 88% have sexted at least once in their life while 82% of those have sexted at least once within the past 12 months. In fact, a higher frequency of sexting is attributed to a higher level of sexual satisfaction overall. Tragically, those in the study who identified as "single" had drastically lower scores related to overall sexual satisfaction and (presumably) life in general.
"The results show a robust relationship between sexting and sexual and relationship satisfaction," says lead researcher Emily Stasko. Taking aim at the generally negative views of sexting perpetuated by older generations in various forms of media, Stasko notes the need for an open dialogue on the upside to such interactions. "This perspective, though, fails to account for the potential positive effects of open sexual communication with a partner."
So, which types of sexting were considered in the study? According to NBC 2, those surveyed were asked to reveal the frequency of engagement with the following methods of sextual stimulation:
Stasko said the online survey asked respondents to rate on a scale of one to five how often they sent or received the following:
-- Sexually suggestive photos
-- Photos in lingerie or underwear
-- Nude photos
-- Sexually suggestive texts
-- Explicit texts propositioning sexual activity
So, keep up the good work, everyone. We're all counting on you.