An international team of researchers has investigated the relationship between the dark triad (a group of personality traits of narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy) and sexting. The behavior of just over 6000 (young) adults from eleven different countries was analyzed.
The results of the study were published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Bottom line: People who enjoy sexting show more personality traits consistent with narcissism (such as a lack of empathy) and Machiavellianism (such as manipulating and exploiting others) than people who don’t sexting.
The study distinguished between three different forms of sexting: experiential, risky, and aggressive.
The first form of sexting involves consensual sexting, i.e. sending hot messages back and forth from both parties. The risky form of texting occurs when certain factors affect the sending of messages, such as sending messages while intoxicated. In the third paradigm, senders intentionally try to harm others, such as by publicly sharing hot photos of others or forcing another person to send sexual content.
By the way, according to research, there are differences in the way men and women engage in sexting. Men will be more inclined to go into the dangerous and even aggressive look.
It also turns out that the older the study participant, the less likely he/she will share warm photos or messages from others.
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