It seems a universal fact: give people a way to take a photograph, and they’re going to take photos of themselves naked. Those photos are also likely to be sent to others, too.
One real question remains: why?A study from the University of Arizona has revealed a number of reasons for sending nudes, and some intriguing differences between the motivations of men and women.
UA sociology doctoral student Morgan Johnstonbaugh asked more than 1,000 college students from seven universities to talk about the last time they chose to send a nude or semi-nude photo of themselves to someone else. She then offered them a list of 23 possible reasons why they sent the photo, and let them check off as many of those reasons that fit.
The difference in reasons were noteworthy.
The most common reason for sending an explicit image seems obvious: women and men both sent them with the notion of turning on their recipient, with men doing that 73% of the time compared to women 67% of the time. Both men and women were equally interested in sending a photo simply because they were asked to, with 40% willing to pass a photo to an interested party who asked for one.
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