The joy of sexting: Think before you send
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The Sunday Telegraph coined ‘Sexting’ in 1997, the portmanteau of ‘sex’ and ‘texting’, a word that now lies in most of our vocabularies. As contemporary as the concept seems, we have simply gone high-tech on the old tradition of the naughty love letter or billet-doux, suggestive pouts replacing intriguing sign offs in the notes of lovers of the past. The technological revolution has brought with it highs and lows, and it appears that the circulation possibility of a sext, and the ease with which one can save one, means that the chance of your kinky photo getting into the wrong hands are more common than you might think, a growing problem for the youth of today – despite the belief of current University students, like third year architect Charles, who claim ‘it’s no big deal, most of my girlfriends have done it!’. Sex is everywhere, ‘sex sells’ seeming more and more prevalent, littered in our lives from the plethora of Lynx adverts, to the musical Avenue Q with it’s famous ‘The Internet is for Porn’ number. Is it really any surprise that it is on everyone’s mind? From a provocative Bebo image to a home-made sex tape, it seems that it is all too easy to get snap happy with a camera phone, social networking and cheapening mobile charges making it more and more easy to circulate images and video clips. Whilst ‘One Night in Paris’ managed to boost Paris Hilton’s public profile for a while, it is far less likely that ‘post take-away sex on a Friday night’ will get quite the same reception, ‘all publicity is good publicity’ proving less relevant in the University social scene.
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