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FOXSexpert: Sexting 1-2-3: The Seven Rules of Text Messaging

Monday , April 06, 2009

By Yvonne K. Fulbright

Think “sexting” is only about sending nude pictures via cell phone? Think again. It can be so much more.

Sexting is also the explicit sexual dialogue people have via text, which is meant to sexually excite one another.

Referred more generally as “flirtexting,” two people sending text messages can lead to a hot date, a sexual partner, and/or sexual relationship. It can add more fuel to fires already ablaze.

So what is it about this form of communication that is quickly making it the first step in hooking up for old and new lovers alike?

“Text me” has become the latest of mating calls. This digital, wireless communication is enabling potential partners to make first impressions like never before. It’s helping couples rekindle the passion. It’s bowling over flirts who are literallyl looking to charm the pants off one another.

According to Debra Goldstein and Olivia Baniuszewicz, authors of “Flirtexting,” text messaging is the most widely used mobile data service on the planet. In 2007, 363 billion text messages (TMs) were sent in the United States alone. These master flirtexters maintain that your short message service (SMS) is ideal because:

— Messages are short, sweet, and to the point;

— The witty banter can reflect just how brilliant (thus attractive) you are;

— You’re totally in control of the conversation, and not subject to awkward phone moments;

— They allow people to explore their sexual feelings and mutual attraction for one another;

— You’re more approachable and can be more open with your feelings in a low-risk way;

— This mode of communication increases your confidence, helping you to overcome shyness;

— For singles, it’s a non-committal; no-strings attached way of saying “I like you;”

— You can flirt with many potential partners at once.

Established and would-be lovers alike are having a blast spicing up their sex lives with naughty texts. Whether shooting off “XOXO” (hugs and kisses), “French” (French kiss), “IWSN” (I want sex now), “

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