Top 5 Consequences of Sexting
If you haven’t heard of sexting then you probably aren’t sexting. Not sexting may not be a bad thing though. While there are many perks to sexting with people you are interested in, it is important to consider the consequences of sexting.
Below I have outlined just a couple reasons why you should think twice about texting pictures and nasty moans on your cell phone.
1. Legal Issues
Before you head over to your guy’s dorm, you decide to send him a sexy picture of yourself as a little preview of what is yet to come. But before you do, consider your age. A lot of college freshmen are still seventeen years old during the first few months of first semester, and taking, storing, transferring, and receiving pictures of a naked minor counts as child pornography. You can even be charged with manufacturing child pornography if you take a naked picture of yourself and are 17 or younger! So if you want to avoid lifetime registry on the sex offenders list and a 20 year felony, think again about taking naked pictures of yourself.
Most people don’t run into issues with the police when it comes to sexting but one can never be to cautious.
2. Sharing is daring: The recipient of your sext
So you send a flirty message to the guy you’ve been hooking up with for the past month. But you can’t guarantee that he will keep it to himself, and before you know it, he’s shown all his frat brothers.
3. Mis-Sexting Someone
Another thing to be careful of is accidentally sexting the wrong person. An FML post sums this mistake up pretty well:
“Today, I found out my boyfriend had his phone taken away by his dad for this past week. I have been sending him naked photos and other naughty things this entire week, or so I thought. FML.”
Sexting your sig fig is great and all but please be absolutely positive you are not mis-sexting someone. I can only imagine how awkward mis-sexting must be.
4. Who you become when you sext
Electronic communication makes all of us more forward, whether it is about confronting a friend or sexting a potential hook-up buddy. You can easily get carried away while sexting, so be careful that you don’t promise any favors that you aren’t comfortable performing or even talking about in real life.
5. Sexts are permanent
Once you send a sext, it will never go away, EVER! Even if you delete it from your phone. You have no idea how many people forwarded it or even posted it to the internet, and that innocent sext could become something that college recruiters, parents, siblings, and potential employers could see in the future.
I know, I know this most likely wont happen but by the off chance that it does, don’t feel bad when you get a text that says
Told You So : )
Maximillian Garland| Bright Futura Columnist