Unsolicited sexual images? Who is sending them and why? - Dr Sarah Johns
Dr Sarah Johns, University of Kent
Unsolicited sexual images? Who is sending them and why?
The internet has enabled the exchange of graphic, sexual images. There is a fundamental lack of empirical research conducted on the motives for sending self-taken sexual images. The incentives are unknown, as well as the prevalence of the behaviour in general.
We created a predictive model for the sending of unsolicited nude images for both men and women. Our results suggest that, for men, this behaviour is predicted by psychopathy, self-rated mate value, and an accepting attitude towards sending nudes, whereas in women it is predicted by narcissism and a liberal attitude towards sending nudes.
We conclude that female senders can be characterised as sex-positive individuals, and that male senders may have darker intentions and motives. This has implications for how this behaviour is viewed in both legal and sexual health contexts.