If you’ve ever sent or received a sext, you’re not alone. In a 2013 study, about 27% of all smartphone users said they receive sexts regularly, and 12% admitted to sending nude photos (although respondents may have been shy). That number could be even higher today, as the study came out just as Snapchat, then a fleeting multimedia messaging platform built on vanishing photos and videos, was taking off.
This is a judgment-free zone. If you want to broadcast a nude (and have a willing participant), then broadcast a nude. There’s nothing wrong with nudity! Human bodies are beautiful! But it’s also perfectly normal to want to be in control of how your nudes are seen and shared.
The only way to really Control your nude distribution by doing it yourself. Just follow these simple steps: take a picture of your goods, download the picture to an encrypted hard drive, put it in a password-protected folder, confiscate your partner’s phone, show him the picture, close the file , return his phone and continue .
But that’s deeply unsexy! Nor how sexting works.
If you decide to send nudes, you’re taking the risk of those nudes ending up in a public forum and should prepare for the worst-case scenario – but you can significantly reduce that risk by following this guide to Best Practices for ~sensual~ electronics follow communication. These tips don’t offer a complete guarantee that your nudes haven’t been leaked, but they are a good first line of defense against the dark interwebs.
A note: if you are under 18, never, under any circumstances, share a photo of yourself naked. You can be prosecuted as a sex offender even if you consensually send a picture of yourself.