You tell us…
This month we’ve been talking about the ever-growing phenomenon of sending naked pictures – AKA ‘sexting’. Sending saucy pics has never been easier, with an array of devices allowing us to snap and send at the click of a button.
So, what exactly classifies sexting, and how many of us actually do it?
Sexting is defined as ‘the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs, primarily between mobile phones’. Of course the phone is just one device – many sexters use laptops and apps like Snapchat to get their sext on.
According to Dosomething.org, 22% of high-school teens and 33% of students aged 18 to 24 in the U.S. have dabbled in a form of nude sexting. Many use sexting as a “first step” before becoming sexually active.
Other stats are a bit more scary. 29% of 14- to 24-year-olds who sext have admitted to sending these messages to strangers on the net.
Plus, there’s the added worry of breaking the law if you’re not careful. Sending or receiving a sexually suggestive text or image under the age of 18 is considered child pornography and could result in serious criminal charges.
So, with this in mind, why sext? Here’s what you had to say in our sexting polls:
“Sexting is fun. I love doing it with my partner. Just texts never photos but yeah, I find it quite fun because you know that other person and they know you so it’s quite intimate”.
“Fun! It’s usually at its best at the start of a relationship/fling. Before you’ve actually had sex with your person of interest”.
“sexting isn’t risky if its with a partner. If you’re sexting for fun and this other person wants to go further than you, then you kinda only have yourself to blame. Sext with a boyfriend/girlfriend but don’t do it with strangers cos then its all risk”.
“Funny..dats wat i ws doin a minute ago…its fun coz its not real, wats da big deal”.
And, on using Snapchat to sext:
“I think it’s a smart move as the pic only lasts for a little while and less risky to be uploaded on the internet”.
“It’s cool, but I think it’s still quite risky as they could still screen capture it and although it alerts you, its already been captured, so what can you really do? A lot of my friends use it but it’s not my sort of thing, at all.”
And, while 70% of you told us you love a bit of sexting, 20% of you described it as ‘filthy and disgusting’. Definitely an opinion splitter – like marmite. The other 10% of you branded it ‘risky’, not knowing where the pics can end up.
So, whether you’re into it or not, it seems sexting is here to stay. It’s fun, can add to your sex life, and is a good alternative to ‘real’ sex. But like real sex, it’s all about being smart. Only do it with someone you trust – you don’t want your pics spread around school, or worse, the whole internet.
Do you sext?