Sexting and adult romantic attachment

Robert S. Weisskirch, Raquel Delevi

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“Sexting” refers to sending and receiving sexually suggestive images, videos, or texts on cell phones. As a means for maintaining or initiating a relationship, sexting behavior and attitudes may be understood through adult attachment theory. One hundred and twenty-eight participants (M = 22 and F = 106), aged 18–30 years, completed an online questionnaire about their adult attachment styles and sexting behavior and attitudes. Attachment anxiety predicted sending texts that solicit sexual activity for those individuals in relationships. Attachment anxiety also predicted positive attitudes towards sexting such as accepting it as normal, that it will enhance the relationship, and that partners will expect sexting. Sexting may be a novel form for expressing attachment anxiety.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
StatePublished - Sep 2011


  • Adult attachment
  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Couples
  • Romantic relationships
  • Sexting


  • Psychology

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