Sexting without forethought is like sex without foreplay -- not likely to result in mutual satisfaction. Heed these sexting tips before you hit "send."
Step 1: Understand the risks Understand the risks of sending sexually explicit text messages or photos via cellphone, aka "sexting." Once you hit "send," your message is out there for good, with no guarantee it will remain between you and the recipient. So weigh the pros and cons carefully before you engage in this mode of communication.
Step 2: Don't have premature sext Consider your relationship with the intended recipient and whether sexting would be appropriate -- and legal. If you're not already sexually intimate, instigating via cellphone can be risky.
Step 3: Know the recipient Know the recipient's tastes and tendencies. Would they welcome a sext from you? How racy are they? Keep in mind that, as with any communication that doesn't include face-to-face interaction, messages can be misconstrued.
TIP: As a general rule, men are more aroused by images, while women are more turned on by words.
Step 4: Don't drink and sext Need we say it? Don't sext when your inhibitions are lowered by alcohol, fatigue, heartbreak, or anything else. Always sext with a clear head and heart.
Step 5: Err on the side of subtlety Err on the side of subtlety. You can always get more graphic if your sexts are well received; you'll have a harder time recovering from sending a message the receiver finds offensive. Now that you know the ground rules, go and have good sext!
FACT: Males and females are equally as likely to text nude images of themselves, according to a survey.