What is sexting?: The benefits and risks of virtual sex

What is sexting?: The benefits and risks of virtual sex
What is sexting?: The benefits and risks of virtual sex

A term that gained greater attention during the pandemic period, ‘sexting’ which is born from the words sex (sex) and texting (messaging)consists of voluntarily sending messages of erotic or explicit content through messaging applications.

This act can focus only on sending photos, or audios, calls, videos, and messages that contain sexual content.

‘Sexting’ is mostly used when couples are in a long-distance relationship, where this practice becomes a sensual option to keep the flame lit between people.

But today, this practice has become increasingly popular when you want to look for a direct and quick source of pleasure when you are meeting someone or looking for casual sexual encounters, which leaves the space open to all possibilities of imagination among practitioners. of ‘sexting’.

The benefits and risks of ‘sexting’. Reference photo: Getty Images.

Benefits of sexting

Although this practice can be somewhat risky, it also helps improve immediate sexual satisfaction in couples, and helps create erotic games through technology.

  • Erotic messages can work as stress relievers.
  • It can improve the relationship of trust between the couple and the bond.
  • Promotes disinhibition.
  • It can work as part of the preliminaries.
  • They maintain sex in relationships despite the distance.
  • Improves mood.

Risks of sexting

While these types of virtual sexual encounters help never extinguish the flame between couples, this also addresses a number of risks that endanger young people who already belong to and constantly interact with technology.

Anonymity or identity theft is one of the main dangers to which a person could be exposed to sexting, especially when this is done through the practice of casual virtual encounters.

The ease with which messages can be spread means that people who receive this erotic or explicit content can be exposed, where money becomes an important threat tool among practitioners.

There are many cases that have been known of people whose private messages have been spread publicly, or with third parties, so great care must be taken to whom this type of content is being shared.

Technological evolution and the early age at which minors and adolescents have cellular devices means that they are introduced into the sexual world at a very early age through social networks, which creates a distorted image of sexuality and exposing themselves to unnecessary risks.

  • Identity fraud

Through dating applications and social networks it is very easy to impersonate other people, so both minors and adults can be vulnerable to sensitive and personal information.

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