Swipe left, swipe right: the technological evolution of the sexual revolution
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SEX AND TECH| The rise of the Internet and smart phones has created a proliferation of “sexting” between adults and youths. The term sexting is used generally to encompass a wide variety of digital activities: sending, receiving, or forwarding sexually explicit messages, photographs, or images. Although mobile phones are the most common vehicle for sexting, the term can also apply to sending sexually explicit messages through any digital media such as email, instant messaging, and/or social media sites.
According to a recent study of 110,000 teens from around the world, one in seven teens engage in sexting, and there was no gender difference shown.
Maybe this makes sense. More teenagers, all around the world, have unmonitored access to smartphones – a behaviour that has been normalised where in previous generations this kind of freedom for teens was often restricted or prohibited.
Other research indicates that sexting among adults is also pretty common. A study presented at the 2015 American Psychological Association (APA) conference found that 88 percent of respondents, ages 18 to 82, reported sexting in a continuous period of 12 months. Nowadays, apparently, taking and sending a photo of your junk to a loved one is as commonplace as sending a Hallmark card used to be.
Since the dawn of apps, there have been rumblings about tech gamifying our lives. Apps like Tinder have a subtly dehumanizing effect. They turn relationships – already fraught with neurosis – into a transactional game, played by the atomized and lonely. Studies have shown that apps encourage us to keep searching. If there’s always the possibility of finding someone better, if they’re just a swipe away, why bother sticking with the one you’ve got?
Last updated on: 24 April 2020
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Swipe Left, Swipe Right, 2017
Paint marker on cotton,
40 x 30 cm (15,7 x 11,8 inch)
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