SEND NUDES! Media Preference Choices for Cybersex Engagement in Long-Distance Romantic Relationships
Sammanfattning: Based on Media Richness Theory and Media Synchronicity Theory, the present study tests the theories' applicability in predicting media preferences to engage in cybersex among individuals involved in long-distance romantic relationships. The study examines and further develops the research field, testing for correlations between different demographic and relationship variables and medium preferences. A total of 277 respondents participated in an online survey anonymously, of which 240 respondents had been in a long-distance romantic relationship at some point in time during the last three years. A total of 162 respondents also engaged in cybersex with their partner. The most preferred form of cybersex was sexting and nudes over instant messenger that was not on a social media platform. These results indicate a preference for asynchronous forms of media with limited availability for immediate feedback and social cues. The results challenge the application of Media Richness Theory and Media Synchronicity Theory to predict media preferences among partners in long-distance romantic relationships to engage in cybersex, which suggests further research is needed.
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