Washington, Apr 12: About half of people sending sexts are actually lying, according to a new study.
And if you're in a committed relationship, the sexts are even more likely to be fabricated than if you're just having casual sex with your partner, CBS News reported.
In a study of 155 college students, Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne researchers found that 37 percent of people who had been in a committed relationship and 48 percent of active sexters had lied about what they were wearing, doing, or both.
As for casual sex partners, only 13 percent have lied.
Once associated with horny high schoolers-they were even said to use the app SnapChat to send photos instead of just texting-sexting is now common among the larger population.
A McAfee study found that 70 percent of 18-24-year-olds have "received sexually explicitly texts, videos, or pictures."
But just because they're doing it, we can't assume they like it. In an earlier study, Drouin found that 55 percent of women and 48 percent of men have participated in "consensual or unwanted sexting."
The study explains the reason to do something you don't like: 67 percent of the students lied because they wanted to make it better for their partner, while 33 percent did it for themselves.
She compares it to faking an orgasm in face-to-face sex, adding that people who are insecure in their relationships or hesitant to get attached are more likely to do it.
The results also showed that 45 percent of the women had lied, compared to 24 percent of men. This, too, lines up with research on faking an orgasm.
The study is published online in the journal Computers in Human Behavior. (ANI)