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Shocking Number of People Think Revenge Porn Is Okay

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Breaking up is hard to do. (That's a song, right?) Things can get messy quickly, as conversations devolve into arguments—and nasty ones, at that. And now it turns out that people are more okay with revenge porn (aka posting private, sexual photos of an ex online without permission) than you'd think. WTF, right?

Researchers at the University of Kent found that only 22 percent of the population would actually post something (phew), but a whopping 99 percent (99 PERCENT, YOU GUYS) wouldn't have a problem if some revenge porn just so happened to leak. The researchers also found that 87 percent of participants expressed at least some type of amusement with the idea revenge porn. So yes, it looks like there are plenty of people who take pleasure in an ex's pain.

The only silver lining is that there are at least a few warning signs. People who display traits consistent with narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism (known as the "Dark Triad" personality complex) are more likely to support and engage in revenge porn. So watch out for these signs you're dating a narcissist.

It's important to note, though, that this research was done on a self-selected sample of just 100 adults aged 18 to 54 collected online—hardly an accurate representation of the entire population. But there are still some lessons we can—and should—take away from this study, the most obvious being to only share sexy photos and videos with a partner you truly trust. The second? More people probably need to find better ways to channel their anger and resentment after a breakup. Why not use a DOA relationship as motivation to crush your goals, spend time with your friends, or take a boxing class? We'd also recommend taking a look at these five things never to do after a breakup.

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