One viewing of a Chrysler Town and Country mini-van commercial and you will easily be able to visualize my chosen cultural group for the upcoming cultural analysis. Not sure if you have the picture yet? Then imagine a sporty looking middle-aged mom and dad with a boatload of children piling into the family mini-van, on their way to a soccer game, or maybe even a weekend road trip. The family looks upper middle class, as everyone is dressed in the latest from Lands End and just came out of a two-story brick colonial with shutters and a basketball hoop above the garage. Clearly family is a priority. (Why else would anyone with so many children look so happy?) Don’t’ forget the golden retriever!
Ranging from affluent to middle class, married, heterosexual couples who have been together for at least 10 years and have a minimum of 2 children will be the microcosm of culture that I plan to focus my cultural analysis on. Sounds boring, right? Here comes the good part; I will be analyzing that cultures use of sexting as a means to achieve one of three defined purposes: to spice up ones sexual marital relations, to have a “screen only” affair outside of the marriage, or to spark a sexual physical affair outside of the marriage.
While I am not hoping for any ‘Desperate Housewives” style drama, I am optimistic that I might increase awareness about the definition of extramarital affairs within this sub-culture. I also hope to draw a conclusion about the use of this texting technology, and whether it has helped to strengthen or harm marital sexual relationships. Look out Wisteria Lane, I am ready to get started!