About half of people sending sexts are actually lying, according to a new study. And if you're in a committed relationship, the sexts are even more likely to be fabricated than if you're just having casual sex with your partner, CBS News reported.
A research by the University of Southern California found high school, teenage users of smartphones most likely to have unprotected sex. Photo: thinkstock
In a study of 155 college students, Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne researchers found that 37% of people who had been in a committed relationship and 48% of active sexters had lied about what they were wearing, doing, or both.
As for casual sex partners, only 13% have lied.
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Once associated with horny high schoolers -- they were even said to use the app SnapChat to send photos instead of just texting -- sexting is now common among the larger population.
A McAfee study found that 70% of 18-24-year-olds have 'received sexually explicitly texts, videos, or pictures.'
But just because they're doing it, we can't assume they like it. In an earlier study, Drouin found that 55% of women and 48% of men have participated in 'consensual or unwanted sexting.'
The study explains the reason to do something you don't like: 67% of the students lied because they wanted to make it better for their partner, while 33% did it for themselves.
She compares it to faking an orgasm in face-to-face sex, adding that people who are insecure in their relationships or hesitant to get attached are more likely to do it.
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The results also showed that 45% of the women had lied, compared to 24% of men. This, too, lines up with research on faking an orgasm.
The study is published online in the journal Computers in Human Behavior. (ANI)