Desire to 'sext' naked pictures 'hard-wired' into human brains
London, May 25 (ANI): 'Sexting' has become a favourite celebrity pastime, with everyone from Scarlett Johansson to Vanessa Hudgens having being caught in the act.
Now, however, scientists say that people may be predisposed to share naked picture of themselves with others.
Clinical psychologist Marta Meana, president of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research claims that "being desired is very arousing to women."
"An increasing body of data is indicating that the way women feel about themselves may be very important to their experience of sexual desire and subjective arousal, possibly even outweighing the impact of their partners' view of them," the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.
Recent studies have found that more than half of women's sexual fantasies reflect the desire to be sexually irresistible to men.
In one recent survey, 47 percent of women reported the fantasy of seeing themselves as a striptease dancer, harem girl, or other performer.
50 percent fantasized about delighting more than one man.
Meana of the Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, who analysed the research, admitted that more research was needed in the area, claiming scientists need to investigate eroticism.
"The little data we have indicate that eroticism just will not be told what to do," she said.
"Consequently, research and clinical forays into eroticism may go a long way toward facilitating inclusiveness and considering the diversity and full range of women's sexual desires," she said.
The research could explain the recent flood of celebrity picture leaks.
The popularity of smartphones with cameras has meant that over the past two years, more photographs of nude celebrity anatomy have been leaked to the public eye than over the previous two centuries.
The list of those who have had their raunchy snaps revealed includes Scarlett Johansson, Vanessa Hudgens, Congressman Wiener, Jessica Alba, Christina Aguilera, Miley Cyrus, Ron Artest, Charlize Theron, Chris Brown, Bret Favre, Rihanna, Pete Wentz, Ke$ha, and dozens more.
Many have even defended their actions.
"Look I'm human, and just like every girl in this world, I admire my body so i take pics," wrote singer Teyana Taylor after her graphic self-portraits were leaked.
Websites showing amateur self portraits have also become a huge success around the world, many using pictures taken from Facebook and other social networking sites.
The behaviour also appears in men, and some researchers believe they may have inherited the urges from primate ancestors.
Male monkeys and apes routinely display their penises to females to indicate sexual interest. (ANI)
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