Is Sexting a Bad Idea?

Nick Slade

Written by: Nick Slade

Nick Slade

Nick spent 20 years in the dating scene before marriage. He has always been the guy friends would come to for advice on relationships, and he developed a knack for giving helpful insights. After college, Nick was a disc jockey for a few years, when the love generation was still alive, so Nick has a lot of relevant experience to draw from when it comes to every aspect of dating, falling in love and screwing things up. He holds Bachelor's degree in humanities and a slew of master’s credits in journalism. Nick is a news junkie and tries to keep up on the latest non-fiction when he has time. He has published two books on how to win at dating and relationships.

Edited by: Lillian Castro

Lillian Castro

Lillian Guevara-Castro brings more than 30 years of journalism experience to ensure DatingAdvice articles have been edited for overall clarity, accuracy, and reader engagement. She has worked at The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, The Gwinnett Daily News, and The Gainesville Sun covering lifestyle topics.

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If you’re in high school or under 18, sexting is a horrible idea. The guys your are sending your erotic texts and photos to are not mature enough to be trusted to keep such sensitive information to themselves.

They will save the messages forever so they can read them again and again. So, even if they don’t share them with their friends (and most of them will), the messages may be discovered by their parents or teachers, who may then share them with your parents.

If you break up with them, they might even post the revealing photos and messages online. If just one of your sexy messages gets out, you will be a girl with a “reputation” all through high school. It’s just asking for trouble. And it makes a young girl look cheap and trampy, too.

More mature women in a more mature relationship still need to exercise good judgment. Everything you turn into data of any kind can end up on the “permanent record” of your life.

Employers, universities and future boyfriends — even future children and grandchildren — could get a hold of old sexting messages and pictures. It might be a long shot that something terrible will happen as a result of sexting, but it is a certainty that at least a few lives will be harmed or destroyed.

If you know who you are dealing with very well, and you don’t allow things to get too explicit, some sexy texts can add a little erotic pleasure to an otherwise lonely evening. Sexting should be done the same way you make love when your parents (your kids or your friends) are in the next room. Be careful and discreet.

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