There’s been a lot of hand-wringing in recent years about teenagers sending each other lewd or graphic text messages, but a new poll by mobile safety company Lookout found that 18 percent of adults say they sext. And it’s not just the twentysomething set either.
The survey of 2,097 U.S. adults found that one in five parents of children under 18 sext, ABC News reports, and 25 percent of women 35-44 sext.
Eleven percent of Americans admitted that they have recorded explicit videos on their phones; five percent of moms have done so and 18 percent of dads have.
Video? Now that’s naughty, parents! Another curious finding: Adults who sext don’t seem terribly worried about the sensitive information falling into the wrong hands. Only 3 percent said their biggest concern about losing a phone would be strangers seeing their suggestive snaps. (However, the study was conducted by a mobile safety company, so there was likely a bit of an agenda here.)
As far as consenting adults sexting each other goes — especially in the middle of a boring workday as a preview of what’s to come later in the evening — we say go for it! But you might want to be a little bit more cautious about what you send than these folks who were surveyed. For inspiration and a few words of caution about taking racy shots of yourself, read our SheKnows article How to Take a Safe, Sexy Pic for Your Man.
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