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The Ins and Outs of Sexting

Published: June 6, 2013

“Should I wait a while to reply?”

“I haven’t texted him all morning. Should I text him now?”

“I just dropped her off. Would it be weird if I texted her?”

Things are a lot different than they were 10 years ago. We’ve moved past chunky cellphones and dial-up internet to smartphones and continuous connection. We have entered a time where technology is rapidly changing how we communicate.

The rise of social media and smartphones has allowed us to share things with people in ways we couldn’t have imagined. At the same time, it’s made it possible for us to share too much of ourselves. The problem is that, unlike in the past, what we share is more permanent.

Questions about when and how much to text someone have affected our relationships. We bounce questions around in our heads which can overcomplicate the situation. Below is an infographic that may help simplify these decisions.

Should I Text Him? Flowchart
(click on the infographic for a larger view)

Picture messaging has also changed the game. A split-second decision to send a picture of yourself to someone could result in years of bad consequences. You have to think, “What would happen if this picture wasn’t kept private?” How would you feel if your whole school saw that picture or text?

But the consequences don’t stop there. Everything you post on the internet is permanent. Down the road, you wouldn’t want to be applying to school or for a job and have an embarrassing picture come up when someone searches your name.

Real-time picture chatting apps, such as Snapchat, might seem like a way to get around this problem, but we all know how easy it is to save those pictures. Those images can be just as permanent as anything else posted on the internet.

Very little is private in today’s world, because we’ve opened our lives up to everyone on the internet. As technology continues to advance, our lives will probably only get more connected. So you have to ask yourself the next time you’re thinking about sending a picture of yourself to someone—is this something I would want shared on Facebook? 


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