March 18, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

Sex and Psychology Podcast

Sex and Psychology Podcast

Episode 78: Let’s Talk About Sexting


Sexting has become so common that it’s not a stretch to call it the new “first base” in developing sexual relationships. For many people, sexting is now an integral part of how they connect with others sexually in the modern world, and it occurs in both casual and committed relationships. However, while sexting can be a handy way to boost arousal, communicate interest, and share your fantasies, it can also occur in ways that are coercive or harassing. In this episode, we talk about the good, bad, and ugly of sexting.

My guest is Dr. Michelle Drouin, a professor of Psychology at Purdue University—Fort Wayne and a Senior Research Scientist at the Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation. She has published an extensive body of research on the psychology sexting and is author of the book Out of Touch: How to Survive an Intimacy Famine. Some of the topics we explore include:

  • What counts as sexting and how many people have done it before.
  • What people’s experiences with sexting are usually like.
  • The link between sexting and relationship satisfaction.
  • How to practice “safe sexting.”
  • Why so many men send unsolicited dick pics.
  • When sexting becomes a form of coercion or harassment.
  • Deception in online dating.
  • How to spot scam artists like the Tinder Swindler.

To learn more about Dr. Drouin, visit and be sure to check out her latest book, Out of Touch. Also, check out Episode 77 for part one of my conversation with Dr. Drouin, where we discuss tips for online dating and creating love that lasts.

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller

Founder & Owner of Sex and Psychology

Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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