Title

Sexual Communication in the Digital Age

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

3-13-2015

Publication Source

The Wiley Handbook of Psychology, Technology, and Society

Inclusive pages

176-191

DOI

10.1002/9781118771952

Publisher

Wiley Blackwell

Place of Publication

New York, NY

ISBN/ISSN

Print ISBN: 9781118772027 Online ISBN: 9781118771952

Abstract

This chapter summarizes the research findings to date and also highlights some of the exciting new directions in sexting research. Early research into the sexting phenomenon focused mainly on the prevalence of sexting. Other researchers have not provided a definition, instead just referring to the behavior as sexting. Therefore, a recent goal of sexting research has been to distinguish between different types of content contained in sext messages. In terms of the motivations associated with sexting, researchers have primarily focused on attachment characteristics, personality factors, or other types of personal motivations for sexting behaviors. Sexting poses a risk to those who engage in it. The chapter investigates the ways in which computer-mediated sexual communication may be used in positive ways, for example, to help people establish their sexual identities, engage in sexual negotiations, or improve their romantic relationships.

Keywords

computer-mediated sexual communication; personal motivations; risk factors; sext messages; sexting phenomenon

Disciplines

Psychology

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