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"Always waiting for the guy to initiate contact is annoying to most men," says Harold, 35.
"At some point you need to let him know you're interested by reaching out.
"Sex and love online gives you [the ability] to express yourself in ways that you [normally] do not." This sentiment can apply to people who are single as well as those in long-term, committed relationships.
Author Penelope Trunk, 40, blogged for The Daily Beast about the joys of sexting in a casual, long-distance relationship in June 2011: We texted all the time.
"It can be extremely negative," says relationship coach Carol Allen.
"If you had a few too many [drinks] out with friends, you didn't used to have a way to totally embarrass yourself and ruin your life." Now it seems that for some people the Millennial equivalent of "don't drink and drive" has become "don't drink and text." This ease of smartphones can also create a false sense of intimacy for the parties involved, regardless of whether alcohol enters the picture. It feels like it’s just you and your phone.” And although a sext may seem private, it’s just as easy to forward a sext as it is to send.
Although most of the research done on sexting has focused on teenagers, a 2010 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, as part of its Internet & American Life Project, also studied adults.
The survey looked specifically at "sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images" sent via text message.This study examined the prevalence of Internet use for meeting sexual partners among men who have sex with men.The study also examined HIV risk behaviors among men who reported meeting a sexual partner via the Internet.The resulting statistics -- although limited since they only refer to sexts containing photos -- give us a good jumping off point with which to understand how many adults are taking part in this sort of behavior.The survey, which interviewed 2,252 adults by phone in May 2010, found that 6 percent of adults admitted to sending these type of explicit messages, but 15 percent said they had received them.So young adults are the most likely to sext, and while there are a substantial number of adults who engage in sexting with images, the study shows that it's not something "everyone is doing." THE DARK SIDE OF SEXTING The negative aspects of adult sexting may seem obvious.