Sexting in corona time is popular. And of all Dutch people who sometimes send sexually tinted messages or images of themselves via their phone, one in five sends a photo in which he or she is clearly recognizable.
30 percent of women report having sex, 40 percent of men. This is evident from research by VPNGids.nl that asked Dutch people about their sexting behavior during this corona time.
Sexting is often thought of as “The next best thing” if physical appointment is not possible. The increase in the number of sexual text messages seems to be less than expected, but it is mainly sexual images that are sent more often. This mainly concerns people who previously also did sexting; this group has become more active.
The majority of the Dutch are aware of the risks of sexting, the study shows. More than half of all Dutch people deliberately do not send recognizable images when they are engaged in sexting (56 percent). This is especially true for sexing women: 74 percent.
People who do share recognizable images also deal with it more safely in some cases: 16 percent take extra security measures. With the help of a special photo app, for example, they protect themselves to a certain extent against malicious parties.
However, sexting is not always done by mutual consent. For example, more than half of women report receiving photos of the male genitals from time to time. In total, this concerns 53 percent of the women who say they have ever received a “dickpic”. Women in the different age categories do not differ much from each other in this; 55 percent of 16-29 year-olds have received such a photo, 30-39 year-olds are 47 percent and 40-49 year-olds are 54 percent.
The men were also asked if they ever sent a dick pic; one in five men replies in the affirmative. Among the young men (16-29 years), no less than 29 percent said they had sent such a photo.
If the sending of a sexually tinted message is perceived as unwanted, this can in some cases also be considered as sexual harassment. In recent years, women have frequently expressed their dissatisfaction with the sexting practices of some men on social media.
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