What Is a Sexting Addiction?

Learn about sexting addiction from Dr. Paul Hokemeyer in this Howcast video.

Transcript

The word sexting is a combination of two words, the first being sex and the second being text. So basically what somebody's doing is they're sending a sexually explicit message through their mobile phone. You know this can be in the form of words or, in its most damaging effect, it can be in the form of a picture or a sexually inappropriate picture or a naked picture of somebody that they send over their mobile phone.

In my experience as an addiction therapist at the Caron Treatment Center in New York City, where I see people get in to trouble with this is where they do it under the influence of drugs and alcohol. So the drugs and alcohol impair their judgement. And they do things that they wouldn't normally do if they weren't under the influence of drugs.

It's important to note that sexting can cause some serious damage in a person's life. In particular if you're sending a picture of a person who's underage, a naked picture of a person who's underage, that's a felony. And people have been convicted of felonies in their life which has a very damaging effect. So it's important for us to realize that sexting involves sending inappropriate pictures, sending inappropriate sexually suggestive messages over a cell phone. And when you're doing that under the influence of drugs and alcohol it can lead to very, very, very serious consequences.

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