What is Sexting ?
The term sexting stand for a combination of sex and texting. Sexting is the act of sending sexual text messages. It often also involves sending nude or seminude photos and explicit videos of yourself.
Sexting can happen via messaging on cell phones or via other messaging services and direct messaging on social media sites.
People of any age group can sext. But tech savvy teens and young adults are most likely to use this method of sexual connection. Studies show that nearly 15% of teens have sent a sext, and about 27% of teens have received one. Three out of four young adults have participated in sexting.
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How Sexting Works in Relationships
There are many reasons to try sexting in a relationship. It’s a way to stay connected with your partner even when you aren’t physically together.
Some experts suggest that reasons for trying sexting in a relationship may depend on attachment style. There are three different attachments styles:
- Securely attached people find it easy and comfortable to get close to people. They don’t worry much about abandonment.
- Anxiously attached people frequently worry about rejection and may have a desire to completely merge their life with someone else’s.
- Avoidantly attached people are uncomfortable getting close to people and have a hard time trusting intimate partners.
Research shows that people with avoidant or anxious attachment styles may be more likely to participate in sexting. Anxiously attached people may use sexting as a way to feel close to a partner when they aren’t around. Avoidant people may use sexting to receive gratification while keeping a sexual partner at an arm’s length.
Is sexting good for a relationship?
For 17.6% of participants, sexting was beneficial for their existing romantic and sexual relationships. Some explained that sending nude photos, and presumably their partner’s grateful response, built a sense of security and trust in their relationship. Participants also used sexting as a tool for maintaining emotional intimacy and sexual interest (“keeping it spicy”) in long-term or long-distance relationships — the perfect recipe for keeping things hot during a pandemic.
Is sexting a crime?
•Sexting is a criminal offence for under 18’s in South Africa.
•The law does not make any exception for under age people creating, possessing or sharing such material between themselves.
•When children engage in sexting, they create an indecent image of a person under the age of 18 (even if it is an image of themselves), which is against the law.
•Distributing such an image via any form of text/social media is also illegal.
•Sending a naked selfie if you are under the age of 18 can be a criminal offence.]]
How common is sexting?
Sexting is considered a relatively common practice among teens. Estimates by researchers start at a low of 20 percent of teens and reach higher than 60 percent in some studies. Teenagers, however, believe that about 90 percent of their peers are sexting. This is an indicator that among teens, the behavior is considered normal, which has led to an increase in sexting behavior among this age group.
What are the dangers of sexting?
One of the biggest concerns surrounding sexting is that it is a digital file. Whether it is a photo, video or text message, once digital media is created and shared, a teen no longer has control over where it goes. In fact, although close to half of teens report having received a sext, about a quarter of those teens report forwarding and sharing those sexts with other people without the creator’s permission.
Another concern surrounding sexting and teens is the idea of “true identity.” Technology makes it easy for a user to hide true identity, age, and intentions. A teen could unknowingly be corresponding with an adult or even a peer with harmful intentions.
Does sexting create intimacy?
“Sexting can assist with creating bonds between partners at a distance and maintain sexual excitement,” she explained. “It also helps with development of erotic imagination and the ability to articulate sexual needs and desires without shame or judgement.”
What are the signs of sexting?
Parents should be aware of the telling signs that their teen may be sexting. Signs of sexting include:
- Being secretive or anxious about their phones
- Deleting histories
- Overreacting when you pick up their phone
- Crying, isolation and a change in grades or behavior which may be the result of public ridicule from exposure to sexting
These signs may not always mean that your teen is sexting, but they are signs that something may be going on with your teen. These signs should spark an open and honest conversation between the parent and teen.