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In a 2013 study conducted by Drouin et al., it was found that sexting is also associated with attachment styles, as those with attachment avoidance are more likely to engage in sexting behaviours (just as these individuals are also more likely to engage in casual sex).
Thus, instead of increasing intimacy in these types of relationships, sexting may act as a buffer for physical intimacy.
A 2009 study found that 4 percent of teenagers aged 14–17 claim to have sent sexually explicit photos of themselves.
Whether sexting is seen as a positive or negative experience typically rests on the basis of whether or not consent was given to share the images.In 2013, it was found that sexting is often used to enhance the relationship and sexual satisfaction in a romantic partnership.Sexting thus can be considered a "behaviour that ties into sexuality and the subsequent level of relationship satisfaction experienced by both partners".Sexting is sending, receiving, or forwarding sexually explicit messages, photographs, or images, primarily between mobile phones, of oneself to others.It may also include the use of a computer or any digital device.
In addition, of those who had sent a sexually explicit picture, over a third had done so despite believing that there could be serious legal and other consequences if they got caught.