Could that X-rated picture your SO just sent you mean he or she has attachment issues? A new scientific study published in Computers in Human Behavior says it could. As reported in Science of Relationships, people who are high in avoidance, or afraid of getting too close to someone, send fewer texts overall to their partners. This is not surprising, considering they don’t want to get too attached.
However, people considered highly avoidant—especially men—also tend to send more sexts and explicit pictures than people who are less avoidant. Although this seems odd, it makes sense psychologically—sexting is a way to replace the intimacy of what would normally be an in-person interaction.
As a result, sexting is not only risky, but could also point out deeper issues in your relationship.
So the next time you’re wondering if it’s time to make it official with your hook-up, check your text messages—if sexting takes up the majority of your conversation, you might want to think twice.