Unwanted sexting can lead to psychological distress

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Latest findings draw a link between sexting and psychological distress among young adults.

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Washington DC: Latest findings draw a link between sexting and psychological distress among young adults. 

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While sending or receiving nude electronic images may not always be associated with poorer mental health, being coerced to do so and receiving unwanted sexts was linked to a higher likelihood of depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms, a recent study suggests.

As part of the study, the researchers found that receiving unwanted texts and sexting under coercion was also associated with lower self-esteem.

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Furthermore, males receiving unwanted sexts had poorer mental health outcomes.

The findings of the study were published in the Journal of Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

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“With more of our lives playing out online, sexting and other seemingly private communications may be contributing to an indelible digital footprint. Digital sex is a much-needed topic in today's sexual education programmes to ensure responsible use of technologies,” explained Brenda K. Wiederhold, lead author of the study. (ANI)

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