Psychologist Flora Oswald of Pennsylvania State University did a study which included 1,087 men.
The survey asked the respondents if they have ever sent pictures of their genitals, and if they did, why did they do it and what reaction did they expect to receive after sending them.
The study also attempted to explore personality traits: levels of exhibitionism, narcissism, sexism, and openness to sex and sexuality.
The study found that men who send unwanted pictures of genitals leaned towards the qualities of narcissists.
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‘We determined that men who reported having sent unsolicited dick pics demonstrated higher levels of narcissism and endorsed greater ambivalent and hostile sexism than their non-sending counterparts.”
The study also found that the number one reason why men do this is that because they want to receive nude pictures in return.
“We determined that the most frequently reported motivational category for sending genital images was a transactional mindset — i.e., motivated by hopes of receiving images in return.”
Only a few men send pictures for self-esteem purposes.
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‘The most commonly desired reaction from recipients was that of sexual excitement.”
Weirdly enough, some men send pictures so they can get a negative reaction from women.
‘These results provide evidence to suggest that while unsolicited dick pic sending is motivated by sexist and misogynistic ideologies in some men, the majority do not intend to cause harm or negative psychological outcomes. Thus, the unsolicited dick pic phenomenon cannot be viewed solely as a sexist campaign, nor as a positive outlet for sexuality,” the researchers added.
The researchers say that it all depends on individual basis, and that further research will be big for other studies to follow.
“Further research on the subject could provide insights into myriad contemporary topics such as online sexual harassment, online dating culture, and gender relations.”