Sexuality & Culture https://doi.org/10.1007/s12119-018-9534-2 ORIGINAL PAPER “Sometimes It’s Easier to Type Things Than to Say Them”: Technology in BDSM Sexual Partner Communication Valerie Rubinsky © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract The present study sought to investigate how individuals in BDSM or kinky relationships leveraged communication technologies to maintain their sexual relationships. From an analysis of 321 open-ended survey responses from 162 par- ticipants, results indicated that technology was disinhibiting, particularly in nego- tiation, fantasy exchange, and channel selection, multimodality within checking in, planning, foreplay, and preferring face-to-face sexual communication and activ- ity, relational maintenance, particularly within 24/7 hierarchical relationships and LDRs, as well as changes in sexual communication mediums with relational pro- gress. These patterns emphasized that technology use, common in increasingly mul- timodal sexual relationships, provided a means for reductions in the perception of threat typically experienced in sexual communication by increased disinhibition. As one participant said, “Sometimes it’s easier to type things than to say them”. Find- ings are discussed in light of extensions to the online disinhibition effect in sexual minority relationships and sexual communication in increasingly multimodal rela- tionships. Limitations and recommendations for future research are discussed. Keywords Sexual communication · BDSM · Kink · Technology-mediated communication ·
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Published: May 30, 2018
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