- The act of text messaging someone in the hopes of having a sexual encounter with them later; initially casual, transitioning into highly suggestive and even sexually explicit
- When someone sends someone else a naked/nude pictures
CNN reports on the problem of so-called sexting, noting that if you are a minor you are committing a crime by sending someone a nude or seminude photo of yourself. If you send one of someone else the rules are much stricter and may secure you a spot on the registered sex offender list like this guy;
"Phillip Alpert found out the hard way. He had just turned 18 when he sent a naked photo of his 16-year-old girlfriend, a photo she had taken and sent him, to dozens of her friends and family after an argument. The high school sweethearts had been dating for almost 2½ years."And people still don't understand why I think nude photos are a bad idea? It doesn't matter how much you love the person or how badly you want to sleep with them - relationships have a tendency to end and phones have a tendency to get stolen. But is this child pornography?
If you're willing to face the potential consequences - go for it! But if the thought of your parents seeing you naked wearing nothing but high heels and a leather whip makes you squirm a little, think twice before you hit the send button.