Sexting: Sexually explicit messages, photos, videos, or even voicemail can be sent or received over digital platforms devices such as smartphone, email, laptop or webcam. When such a communication takes place, it is called sexting. Sexting is a term coined from two words; sex and text. Sexting does occur between two individuals who are romantically involved with each other.
Sexting creates some feeling among those individuals who get involved in the act. On sexuality, the act of sexting does cause a different kind of effects depending on the circumstances and the environment. Sexuality is when one is infatuated with feelings, thoughts or sexual behavior that they are not in control of. So to better understand the impacts of sexting, every angle would need to be examined.
There tends to be some increase in sexual exploration among those individuals, especially teenagers, who practice sexting. When teenagers send or receive messages with sexual contents, their sexuality is aroused, and being teenagers, their curiosity is also awakened. This may lead to the teenagers getting involved in some dangerous sexual habits; like practicing sex with multiple partners, which may consequently lead to contraction of sexually transmitted infections and even unwanted pregnancies.
Reputation is also something that would be affected by sexting. When one sends photos are videos of themselves in nudity, there is no guarantee that such message would not end up in some wrong or unintended recipient. Sexting is done in the privacy of the two involved parties, however, when such contents get the light of public, one’s reputation is normally put in line. Tarnished reputation makes one lose credibility in the public face or even at work places.
There is also the case of emotional disturbance. The relationship between the two previously intimate persons who may have been involved in sexting may change for the worse. In most cases, one of the partners may want payback and expose intimate photo or videos of their ex-partner to the public. Such exposure may cause great emotional torture to the victim to the extent that they may lose their self-esteem. Sexting may also cause emotional turmoil in the case where a partner discovers that their better have may be cheating on them. This would be the case when one finds out their partners have more than one partner.
Sexting may lead to sex addiction. Sending and receiving messages of nude photo contents or explicit videos may make one aroused. Such contents would make their urge to have sex increase. The increase in sexual activities caused by this sex wanting feeling may lead to some immoral practices among those involved. Sex addiction leads to prostitution among individuals. Because they are made to no longer be able to survive abstinence, Individuals start paying to have sex. Sex addiction also causes sexual harassment. Individuals who can no longer control their sexual urge ran the risk of getting charged with sexual harassment. Since they are out of control and are unable to practice restraint, accepting a no from a partner becomes extremely difficult.
Sexting exposes teenager to sexual contents at a very early age. This, in turn, triggers their sexual imaginations as they tend to do more sex explorations. They, therefore, are forced to develop sexually in their minds long before their bodies. This is particularly harmful to them since they get into sexual activities and practices at a very tender age, ending up getting sexually abused. There is also the feel of social pressure that arises from sexting. Teenagers who have been involved in sexting normally find themselves getting pressurized into having sex as they feel the urge to be like other ‘cool’ people having or practicing sex.
Also, sometimes, there is the case of someone feeling unsatisfied with their body. This is more commonly to women who, when they receive some photos of nude celebrities in their phones from their partners, they tend to question their own bodies wondering why theirs are not well developed as others. This do affect their self-esteem in a great deal.
There is also the disappointment that comes with someone when their nude photo gets to the public. In most cases, one gets shun by people close to them. This is hurtful to individuals especially if they cannot find some help in dealing with such cases. This leads to depression in most cases.