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article imageStudy: Sexting is cheating

By Oscar Brooks     Jun 25, 2011 in Lifestyle
Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner brought sexting into a whole new light recently. A new study finds the practice of sending sexual texts or photos over the Internet a tool for those who want to cheat.
The results of the study were in a recent report on Healthfinder.gov titled 'Sexting' Common for those Who Cheat: Study. Diane Kholos Wysocki, a professor of sociology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and lead author of the study said, "People meet, then they send pictures, then they send naked pictures, then they proceed and ultimately meet if they find that they're compatible". The study was based on a survey of almost 5,200 users of a website called ashleymadison.com. That site is about extra-marital dating and its motto is "Life is short. Have an Affair." The site claims to have over 9.7 million members.
The data isn't totally accurate because it was used from people who volunteered to take part and were already using the site. Kholos Wysocki worked with the site in 2009 and posted a 68 question survey for members. The results of that survey appeared recently in an issue of Sexuality and Culture . The breakdown of those who responded was quite interesting. They tended to be upscale with a median income of $86,000, 64 percent were married, 70 percent were well educated and attended college and 20 percent had advanced degrees.
The study goes on to say that 60 percent of the women and almost half of the men engaged in sexting by email or cell phone. Of those in the 19 to 24 age group, sexting was more likely to be done. About three quarters of both genders admitted to have cheated while they were in a serious relationship. Another interesting note, more than 8 in 10 women and two-thirds of the men met people in person after first encountering them online.
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