Indeed, unsolicited “dick pics” have become such a problem on online dating services that one site, Ok Cupid, actually removed the capability to send images.
What would possess someone to send a graphic image of themselves without ever being asked for one, or even thinking to check if it might be appreciated?
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This particularly affects men, whom research shows initiate contact almost 80% of the time on dating sites.
Add to that the heightened amount of control that women have over online conversations (politeness norms can make it more difficult to assertively deflect romantic advances in face-to-face conversations, nudging women toward showing greater politeness than they might otherwise feel) and you have what social psychologists might call “a masculine identity threat”.
But to assume that these “misguided” attempts at seduction explain the rise and rise of such cyber-flashing tells only half the story.Some men even speak frankly about harassment as a motivation.In the Refinery 29 article, one person agreed that dick pics are a form of “lashing out …But this doesn’t explain the underlying motivations to send such images on a dating site.Do senders really hope to woo a potential date with the equipment on display? In a piece from online lifestyle magazine Refinery29, several of those men interviewed who had sent dick pics said they assumed women would want a nude image of them, because they would be more than happy to receive one from a woman.