Oh, sexting. Y'all know what sexting is, right? Sending provocative, suggestive, or sometimes down right dirty text messages, either in word or photo. Texting + Sex = Sexting. What seems like such a good idea at the time, can go so, so wrong. Are we going to stop? Hell no. But let's be smart about it, how about? Chime in with your horror stories or suggestions in the comments.
1. Pictures are generally a no. N. O. NO. Here's my thought on that: There is no time machine feature that allows you to know what is going to happen in the future. What if the recipient of your photo turns out to be a total asshole and puts it and your name all over the internet a few weeks/months/years down the line? That might be kind of a worst case scenario, but just imagine it for a minute. Hum-il-i-at-ing. More likely, what if he gets drunk on one too many Miller Lites and shows his buddies? OR what if he has one too many Miller Lites and his friends start fucking with his phone and going through the messages and photos? Congratulations. Boys Night has just become about your tits. If you decide you are going to send a picture, make damn sure that the person receiving it is someone that you trust. It would really be preferable if he had a lock on his phone as well, so that you don't end up with the scenario described above. Also, keep your face out of it. That helps protect your anonymity in the event it goes public. (I'll never forget the day I saw my very distinct tattoo on a website. The picture itself was pretty clean, just a profile, and you couldn't see my face, but the tattoo is/was unmistakable. It was a total pain in the ass to get it taken down.) Be cautious and consider yourself warned.
2. Drunk sexting can definitely be amusing. Or really embarrassing. There are phone apps that require you to do some fairly simple math prior to sending. If you are one of these people that do this, especially to unwitting victims, install the app. If you can't do 7-3+4, you shouldn't be describing your oral preferences to anyone. Take some Excedrin and go to bed.
3. BE GODDAMN SURE YOU ARE SENDING IT TO THE RIGHT PERSON!! Confirm that you actually hit the right name or thread prior to sending. Yes, this has happened to me. Luckily, what was said wasn't too bad, but it created some definite confusion and there was a lot of explaining to do.
4. Install a lock on your phone, meaning password protection. People will look through each other's phones. I don't know why, but it happens. People also tend to have the same style of phones... you wouldn't want to grab the wrong iPhone and accidentially end up with your friend having your phone in her bag. Awkward.
5. Consider deleting the evidence. No, this doesn't erase it from the other person's phone, but at least it gets it off of yours, so that no one sees it accidentially.
6. Be smart, don't be stupid. Sexting to married men? Bad idea. (You are asking to get your tires slashed if the wife finds out.) Sexting to people in serious relationships? See tire slashing comment. Sexting to someone you work with? Proceed very carefully. Your boss? Oh HELL NO. Just don't.
So what about you? Are you a sexter? The recipient of a sexter? Tell us.
You know what we need? That option like in old tv spy shows... "This message will self-destruct in 3 2 ..." WHY DON'T WE HAVE THIS?! We have the technology, right?