Sexting Leads To Cheating
Sexting, or sending nude photos or salacious texts over the Internet, has become a very popular practice among people around the world.
According to sociologist Diane Kholos Wysocki, the study’s lead author, sexting in the United States is “alive and well.” Although this practice cost the former Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner his job, sexting has become part of the whole extra-marital mating ritual. According to Wysocki, all people who engage in such acts follow the same patterns and it actually seems that people who are more prone to cheating are the ones to turn most to sexting. “People meet, then they send pictures, then they send naked pictures, then they proceed and ultimately meet if they find that they’re compatible,” Wysocki said in a statement. This would be the pattern to which all people who turn to sexting engage in.
For the study, about 5,200 users of a website devoted to extra-marital dating called ashleymadison.com, were surveyed. Given that only those people who were already on the website were the ones to agree on taking part in the survey, the study does not say anything about the habits of Americans. It only looks only at a certain group of people. “Any time you get a group of people on the Internet, we can’t say it’s representative,” said Kholos Wysocki. But, she also said that the study gives some insight into why people choose to stay married and yet, engage in affairs at the same time. According to the results of Wysocki’s study, out of all the people who took part in the survey, 60 percent of the women said they would engage in sexting at any time. Even for older people sexting was a good alternative. Still, the ones who would engage more in this kind of practice are people between the age of 19 and 24. Furthermore, it seems that about one third of the people involved in the study acknowledge they had cheated on their partners and more than 8 in 10 women and two-thirds of the men said they would meet someone after talking to them online. According to Jeffrey T. Parsons, professor of psychology at Hunter College in New York City, people who turn to these sorts of websites are also more willing to go as far as such a relationship can go and they would also cheat on their partners if they had the opportunity. He also said that people who go online on these websites are always looking for something more than cybersex. Furthermore, according to Wysocki, even though the Internet can not be blamed for so many people cheating on their partners, it has had a big share to the whole situation. Although there are still people who cheat without the need of Internet, this way is… faster.11