Only a short while ago everyone was walking around with flip phones and the only people sending text messages were the nerdy types. Back then, no one had heard of the term SMS. Sure, there were people hooking up via AOL chat rooms back in the day, but when smartphones became ubiquitous, people began to play in a much more casual way. Sexting is now its own form of seduction for many, thanks to the always on and always turned on approach that singles and spouses on the down low are able to share from just about anywhere.
Just how big has sexting become? The new word of the year added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2015 was an emoji for the first time ever! So many people slid their trembling fingers toward smiley faces and winks last year that these tiny pictorials have now become an influential part of modern language – and that fact doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of sexting’s popularity. According to Bloomberg, people now send more than 8 Trillion texts each year, and according to a quick survey of some singles on Mixxxer, more than half of those have something to do with hooking up!
The excitement of sexting is simple to demonstrate. Anyone who has ever sent a text to a potential mate, and waited that thirty seconds in suspense for each new reply, as the conversation steadily makes it way from the cellphone to the bedroom is well aware of the way it makes your fingers tingle and your ears feel unexpectedly warm – but there are some less obvious advantages to sexting as well.