If you’re in a relationship, "sexting"--despite its negative reputation--may actually make it healthier, according to research presented at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association. The study concluded that couples who sext may have higher levels of sexual satisfaction.
Researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia had 870 people ages 18 to 82 fill out an online survey about sexting, defined as sending or receiving sexually explicit text messages or photos, usually through a cell phone. The results showed that 88 percent of the participants said they had sexted with at least one person in their lifetime, and about 74 percent said they sexted when they were in a committed relationship. From this group, the researchers found that people who sexted more often had higher levels of sexual satisfaction.
The research team notes that, in the future, sexting may be a beneficial part of couples' therapy to improve communication or increase intimacy and could help people develop the types of relationships that they want to be in. They said that future studies will look more closely at the link between unwanted sexting and relationship satisfaction among couples in very committed relationships.