Sexting is the exchange of sexually suggestive contents via Internet, Smartphone, and Social Networking Websites. Recently, the research on sexting motivations increased in order to distinguish between experimental and aggravated sexting. This study investigated individual correlates of three sexting motivations: sexual purposes, instrumental/aggravated reasons, and body image reinforcement. The study involved 488 adolescents and young adults aged from 14 to 30 years. Sexual purposes and body image reinforcement were the most commonly reported motivations for sexting. Boys reported more instrumental/aggravated reasons, and sexual minorities reported more sexual purposes and body image reinforcement. Sexual purposes increased with age, while body image reinforcement showed a quadratic trend, increasing from adolescence to early young adulthood, and decreasing from early to late young adulthood. Finally, participants who have already had first sex reported more sexual purposes. Research, clinical and educational implications are discussed.

Individual differences and developmental trends in sexting motivations / Bianchi, D.; Morelli, M.; Baiocco, R.; Chirumbolo, A.. - In: CURRENT PSYCHOLOGY. - ISSN 1046-1310. - (2021). [10.1007/s12144-019-00398-4]

Individual differences and developmental trends in sexting motivations

Bianchi D.
Primo
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
;
Morelli M.
Secondo
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
;
Baiocco R.
Penultimo
Supervision
;
Chirumbolo A.
Ultimo
Writing – Review & Editing
2021

Abstract

Sexting is the exchange of sexually suggestive contents via Internet, Smartphone, and Social Networking Websites. Recently, the research on sexting motivations increased in order to distinguish between experimental and aggravated sexting. This study investigated individual correlates of three sexting motivations: sexual purposes, instrumental/aggravated reasons, and body image reinforcement. The study involved 488 adolescents and young adults aged from 14 to 30 years. Sexual purposes and body image reinforcement were the most commonly reported motivations for sexting. Boys reported more instrumental/aggravated reasons, and sexual minorities reported more sexual purposes and body image reinforcement. Sexual purposes increased with age, while body image reinforcement showed a quadratic trend, increasing from adolescence to early young adulthood, and decreasing from early to late young adulthood. Finally, participants who have already had first sex reported more sexual purposes. Research, clinical and educational implications are discussed.
2021
age; dating relationship; first sex; gender; sexting motivations; sexual orientation
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Individual differences and developmental trends in sexting motivations / Bianchi, D.; Morelli, M.; Baiocco, R.; Chirumbolo, A.. - In: CURRENT PSYCHOLOGY. - ISSN 1046-1310. - (2021). [10.1007/s12144-019-00398-4]
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