Sexting is common among U.S. adults, and although the practice is often portrayed as risky or just bad behavior, it may have benefits for couples, a new study suggests.
In the study, 870 people ages 18 to 82 filled out an online survey about sexting, which is defined as sending or receiving sexually explicit text messages or photos, usually with a cell phone.
Overall, 88% of the participants said they had sexted with at least one person in their lifetime. About 74% said they sexted when they were in a committed relationship, and 43% said they sexted during a causal relationship. Only 12% said they sexted with someone else, while cheating on their partner.