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Sexting Contributes To Anxiety And Depression: Study

BP World Bureau | Nov 23 2021
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A research study titled ‘Sexting and Psychological Distress: The Role of Unwanted and Coerced Sexts’ observed that unwanted sexting is associated with mental health issues like anxiety, depression and low-self esteem.

Normal texting has no impact on people's behaviour but sexting as a whole other topic, it can have serious mental health consequences for people who used to engage in sexting. Research added that men are more prone to be negatively affected by sexting as they are more prone to be rejected.

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"Our research showed no association between receiving or sending sex texts overall. But, it was found that receiving unwanted sexts or being forced to sext could lead to psychological issues like depression and anxiety," researchers wrote.

The relationship between sexting with poor mental health was moderated by gender, with poorer outcomes for men receiving unwanted sexts than women.

When one study was conducted it was found that 52.3% of the young participants had reported sexting consensually. But it was despite not wanting to sext, they'd done so for intimacy reasons or wanting to satisfy a partner's sexual needs.

"Another study reporting that 23% of teens felt pressured to sext, and 51% of teenage girls saying they felt pressure from a boy to send sexually explicit messages," said the team.

It was found that both men and women suffered from the same levels of anxiety and uneasiness when it came to coercion.

Sexting is a process of writing sexually explicit messages or sharing explicit images through chats to satisfy their partners. Some see sexting as a normal behaviour while others find it annoying. Some, especially women are vulnerable to non-consensual sexting and revenge porn.

Sexting also makes both partners vulnerable to public leaks and doxxing.