Sexting – Everyone’s doing it, are you?

Does the thought of sexting make you cringe or excite you? Research reveals that the majority of people fall into the latter category.

A study from the US found that more than 8 in 10 people admitted to sending a sext in the past year, and research from UK Glamour magazine found that 70% of 19-29 year olds have sent a racy text at least once.

When Jenna Wortham, a New York Times Magazine writer, collected real-life examples for her art project Everybody Sexts, she found that both sexes stayed away from graphic shots.

She told Glamour: “It wasn’t about sending porn; it was curves, coy images, stuff meant to tantalise. The guys who sent dick pics were surprised like, ‘Women didn’t respond to a full-on picture of my crotch

It’s clear that there isn’t just one type of sexting, there are flirty, explicit, cute-sexy photos or naked photos. So it’s obvious that you only send what you feel comfortable with.

In this era of the cloud, think before you strip has never felt more important, so it’s a relief to know that the majority (three quarters) of those who were getting involved were in a committed relationship.

Do you feel safe enough to sext?

But with ‘the fappening’ (the biggest leak of celeb nude selfies in history) in the back of our minds how many of us can relate to this relatively small study group?

One of the authors on the American study wanted to be clear that people should be open to the positive side to sexting: “Given the possible implications, both positive and negative, for sexual health, it is important to continue investigating the role sexting plays in current romantic and sexual relationships.

“This research indicates that sexting is a prevalent behaviour that adults engage in for a variety of reasons. These findings show a robust relationship between sexting and sexual and relationship satisfaction.”

The research did find that the more the couples sexted, the more sexually satisfied they felt. And the Glamour research found that 91% of respondents said that sending their naked photos was a good experience, and while 40% do worry about their photos becoming public, they’re not letting that stop them.

In fact one respondent and her partner employ the rule that they never include their faces, so if their phones were to get stolen/hacked there wouldn’t be a security issue.

It seems that plenty of people are doing, but will you and your partner get involved too?