By Garland Davis
Sexting is sending, receiving, or forwarding sexually explicit messages, photographs, or images, primarily between mobile phones, of oneself to others.
The first published use of the term sexting was in a 2005 article in the Australian Sunday Telegraph Magazine. The Pew Research Center commissioned a study on sexting, which divides the practice into three types:
- Exchange of images solely between two romantic partners.
- Exchanges between partners that are shared with others outside the relationship.
- Exchanges between people who are not yet in a relationship, but where at least one person hopes to be.
Sexting has become more common with the rise in camera phones and smartphones with Internet access, that can be used to send explicit photographs as well as messages] While sexting is done by people of all ages] most media coverage fixates on negative aspects of adolescent usage. Young adults use the medium of the text message much more than any other new media to transmit messages of a sexual nature, and teenagers who have unlimited text messaging plans are more likely to receive sexually explicit texts.
Back in the day, you know in ancient times like my youth, sexting involved Ladies Drinks, Barfines, and air-conditioned Hondas.