Sexual Communication in the Digital Age
The Wiley Handbook of Psychology, Technology, and Society
Place of Publication
New York, NY
Print ISBN: 9781118772027 Online ISBN: 9781118771952
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.
computer-mediated sexual communication; personal motivations; risk factors; sext messages; sexting phenomenon
Michelle Drouin (2015).
Sexual Communication in the Digital Age. The Wiley Handbook of Psychology, Technology, and Society. 176-191. New York, NY: Wiley Blackwell.