Look out, romantics: Half of all sexts are lies

Fri Apr 11, 2014 2:55pm EDT
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By Kathryn Doyle

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a survey of college students, nearly half of those who had ever sent a sexy text had lied while doing so.

Shockingly, sexters aren't always wearing or doing what they say they are, according to the new study.

"This already exists in face-to-face interactions, like with orgasms it's common," lead author Michelle Drouin told Reuters Health. "I expected people would also be 'faking it' in sexts."

Drouin worked on the study at Indiana University - Purdue University in Fort Wayne.

She and her coauthors gave 155 college students who had been in at least one committed relationship an anonymous online survey about their sexting histories.

The surveys included questions about lying to committed relationship partners via text about what they were wearing (or not wearing) and what they were doing. There were also questions about the participants' attitudes toward relationships and commitment.

Of those who had ever sent a sext, 48 percent had lied, according to the results published in Computers in Human Behavior.

At the end of the survey, an optional fill-in-the-blank section let the students explain why they lied: for themselves, for others or neither.   Continued...

A man sends text messages on his mobile phone as he smokes a cigarette outside the court building in San Diego, California December 9, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake