Sexting in college seems relatively common, given a study by the University of Rhode Island. URI researchers found that nearly 80% of college students participated in sexting, either by receiving or sending the messages. Further research has found that nearly 20% of sext recipients forwarded the message to others, despite the intentions or desires of the sender.
Sexting with a partner can be fun and healthy. But it can also be scary, upsetting, and even damaging when it is no longer fun or healthy. If you or friends of yours sext, how do you protect yourselves from having the text uploaded to Facebook or put on a college gossip site for everyone else to see? What other things could happen that make sexting unhealthy or unsafe? And how could these things be safeguarded against- or can they be?
Do you feel like you have a good handle on your texting/sexting practices? Want to know where you stand on the topic? Take this quiz, courtesy of the MTV Thin Line Project.