Nudist text dating
Experts say the bottom line is that many adults are sexting to express themselves sexually -- but must be careful in the ways they use it.
"The act itself is neutral, what matters is how it's used," Allen says.
"I have found sexting to be a very creative intervention for couples trying to rekindle their relationships." The American Association of Retired Persons even published an article, titled "Sexting Not Just for Kids," on how sexting can spice up boomer relationships. [but] men feel more in control texting." This might be true in general, but a survey conducted by Diane Kholos Wysocki, a professor of sociology and women’s studies at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and Cheryl D.
Experts differ on their feelings concerning the role sexting plays in infidelity, but say that sexting -- like any other form of illicit activity that doesn't involve one's long-term partner -- can be experienced as a betrayal. According to Allen, there are gender differences that exist when it comes to technology and intimacy in general. Childers, a professor of sociology at Washburn University, found that the opposite dynamics exist.
Parents expressed relief and many people seemed to move on.
However, new data indicates that the conversation about sexting is far from over -- because a whole lot of adults are doing it. K.-based mobile news site, Recombu, found that 47 percent of adults in England send texts to their significant others. Some studies have defined sexting specifically as the sending of nude or partially nude photographs over text message.
Nowadays, a lot of personal interactions have gotten too technical – literally!
– and because of it, dating just ain’t what it used to be.
"It can be extremely negative," says relationship coach Carol Allen.
The survey looked specifically at "sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images" sent via text message.
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.
Released in July 2011, the survey focused on 5,187 users of Ashley Madison.com, a social networking and dating website built around matching up married men and women.
Within this population, two-thirds of the women had sexted, while only half of the men had.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.