Do you read things on the internet? If you’re reading this, I’m going to say that yes, you do. So you’re probably familiar with the term “sexting.” Like “Twilight” and “zhu zhu pets” and “taylor swift,” this is a new term used to describe the activities and interests of tweens and teens in America. Actually I don’t know if anyone likes Zhu Zhu Pets. It means “the same as sending someone a picture of yourself electronically except naked.” And EVERYBODY is talking about it!! And as this gross AARP article points out, everyone is doing it.
What separates “sexting” from “twilight” and “taylor swift” in this realm is that it worries people. A girl recently hanged herself in response to bullying a after a topless photo she took of herself was passed around her school.
Personally, I have never engaged in sexting for a number of reasons:
1. It’s silly.
2. I’m a never-nude.
3. cell phone cameras make everything all yellow and sickly looking anyway.
I recently had my gym bag stolen. This means my wallet and my cell phone are both in the hands of some terrible stranger, probably a Teen, since it was at the YMCA. At some point, I think when I was reading about Rhianna saying that she feels bad for boyfriends who don’t get naked pictures of their ladies, (yes that is a link to People magazine…) I was briefly relieved that I was not engaged in sexting. Becuase if I was a teen who stole a phone, and it was filled with naked pictures, I would totally send them to the contact named “Mom.” Because it would be hilarious.
Which made me wonder: why are we so worried about sexting? Electronic communication on today’s scale is new. Of course a bunch of dumb people are going to use it to do dumb things, and of course people are going to use it to do mean things. The proper way of using electronic media is quickly being socially regulated. For instance, as more potential employers notice their applicants drunk photos on facebook, fewer drunk photos will be posted. As more Megan McCains post sexy photos on Twitter (nsfw), fewer politican’s daughters (hopefully) will repeat that mistake.
Trust me, things are going to calm down. Until then, I leave you with this.