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Drexel Researchers Find "Sexting" Common Practice Among Adults

By Tim Jimenez

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- "Sexting" is usually associated with teens, but a new Drexel University study finds a lot of adults are hitting "send," as well.

Drexel researchers, including Emily Stasko, with the school's Women's Health Psychology Lab, surveyed 870 people, between the ages of 18 and 82. They were asked about sending sexually explicit messages on their phones.

"Almost 90 percent of our sample said they've sexted at some point in their life," Stasko said.

About 75 percent say they've done so while in a committed relationship and about 43 percent in a casual one.

"It was only about 12 percent of our participants who said they had sexted in a cheating relationship," Stasko said.

And when many associate sexting with the negatives, Stasko said the survey shows it's not all bad.

"Wanted sexting is good for relationship and sexual satisfaction among heterosexuals," she said. "People who reported higher levels of sexting reported higher levels of sexual satisfaction.

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