Skip navigation! You know how it goes. You're chatting with some guy on Tinder, wondering if things will progress to a real date, and then, bam , there it is: a random, disembodied picture of his penis. This happened to Kate, 26, a publicist in Boston who used Match. Acording to a recent Match. That's the same device I use to communicate with my parents and my cute little nephew. I couldn't get off those dating platforms fast enough. Dating-site studies tend not to provide data about unsolicited versus solicited pictures, but anecdotally, it's safe to say that a lot of those pics were unwelcome. This is someone who lobs a dick pic your way without ever having received any indication that this would be welcome. At its worst, this is sexual harassment.
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Dick pics are everywhere, and nobody knows what to do about them. I think it's your dick, and how you fucking photograph it. A spate of recent papers seeks to engorge the discourse—and explore just why men are sending these nudes in the first place. According to Cory Pedersen, a psychologist and human sexuality researcher at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, about 50 percent of the dick pic senders she interviewed had no qualms sending an unsolicited photo of their genitals. The difference between the groups came down to two variables: narcissism and sexism. Men who exhibited higher levels of both tend to send nudes without asking.
We spoke to the lead researcher on the first empirical study into unsolicited dick pics.
Got dick pics? A study by security firm McAfee found that 49 percent of Americans have sexted. To better understand the mind-set of why men Snapchat us these mini-masterpieces, we asked them. Nothing more arousing than that. Any fella who says otherwise is totally lying! When all the hints of my desperation have been sent verbally or in text, the logical next move is the dick pic.
Sending an unsolicited dick pic is the digital equivalent of flashing someone on a train. Which — fairly obviously — is a terrible vibe. The only difference, in fact, is that by sending a photo you're leaving very identifiable evidence of what a creep you are. So why do men continue to do it? That's the question researchers behind the first ever empirical study into unsolicited dick pics were trying to answer with "I'll Show You Mine so You'll Show Me Yours: Motivations and Personality Variables in Photographic Exhibitionism". Using an online survey, the team asked 1, respondents about their dick pic activities, and included a questionnaire measuring personality attributes like levels of narcissism and sexism. Sophia, a year-old student, told me that she's received about five unsolicited dick pics on Snapchat. Then they'll pop up randomly with a dick pic. For her, the dick pics evoke a combination of feelings.