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Hold the phone – and hold it long and hard. Too much? We’re sorry, but according to this latest study, it seems as though it’s not nearly enough. We’re talking about sexting, of course – that down and dirty deed that adults have secretly been doing since the written word went electronic. Apparently, it’s actually good for you.

Despite it’s bad rap, sexting among consenting adults can actually promote happier sexual and relationship satisfaction. That’s certainly the message according to a Drexel University study, at least. In it, 870 people between the ages of 18 and 82 were asked to fill out a survey about their sexting habits. Eighty-eight per cent of respondents said that they had received or sent a dirty text in their lives, with 82 per cent of those admitting to having done so in the last year alone.

Of course, this sample size is particularly small, so more studies need to be done in order to glean which target group could actually benefit from sexting the most. But this all goes against earlier stigma surrounding the topic, which in large part grew out of a desire to keep teens away from promiscuity.

The one thing the study does make clear? That it’s all a matter of personal preference, whether you’re a man or woman. In the cases where sexting was welcome, it fostered a stronger relationship between the couple. When it wasn’t, things turned uncomfortably south. Especially where pictures were involved.

Interestingly, the study reinforced the idea that men liked looking at those aforementioned pictures more than women, who preferred naughty words on their screens instead.

For those who have been enjoying the benefits of texting, snapchat and other such sexting vehicles for years, this study probably doesn’t come as much of a shock. For those who have been straddling that proverbial fence? Maybe this is just another reason to take a ride.

Giddy up.