Jan. 24, 2011 at 6:08 PM ET
If you engage in sexting and sexy instant messages with the object of your lust (or love, I'll try not to be completely cynical), you may round the bases faster to get him or her into bed, if that's something that matters to you. (Don't lie and say it isn't.) In a survey of 1,200 men and women released today, nearly four out of five women and three of five men said they believe sexy messages on phones and social networks do cause new couples to skip to the main event sooner.
Although it can be argued that these are the very couples who are already in the throes of mutual attraction anyhow — aren't they? — so they're already most likely to get it on.
The poll, conducted by Shape and Men's Fitness magazines, does show some contradictions. Even though they may think sexy tech gets other couples in bed faster, it apparently doesn't apply to them: Only 38 percent of women say they have actually done the deed any sooner because of the digital foreplay.
The survey also found jealousy and curiosity still prevail in modern relationships, so it's not surprising that technology is incorporated in that aspect of human nature too: 72 percent of women report scouring a current partner's ex-girlfriends' Facebook pages.
But tech also seems to intrude on sex, as much as it can facilitate the act. Five percent of those polled said they glance to see who's calling or texting — while they're having sex. (Rude! Or maybe it's the person they're supposed to be with!) I just know I'd clobber someone I was with if they turned out to be among the one percent who said they'd stop to answer the phone.
Other interesting tidbits revealed in the third annual sex survey:
Find the entire survey in current editions of the magazines, which hits newsstands today or download the free iPad app versions of the publications! I tried looking for the survey on the web sites, but did not score.
Reuters also contributed to this report.