In this digital age, sexting is just a normal part of dating. Usually, though, we assume that our dirty texts full of eggplant and winky face emojis are only being seen by the person we send them to. A recent study has revealed that might not be the case.
For the study, which was conducted by the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, researchers surveyed 5,085 single adults between the ages of 21 and 75. They found that while 73% of those polled said that they'd be uncomfortable having their sexts being shared, 23% admitted that they had shared sexts that had been sent to them with an average of more than three different friends.
The study's author, Justin Garcia, said in a press release, "It raises the question that if someone sends something to you with the presumption that it’s private, and then you share it with others — which, when it comes to sexting, nearly one out of every four single Americans are doing, what do we want to consider that type of violation? Is it just bad taste? Is it criminal?"
Maybe we should all re-think it the next time we get the urge to share a sext with a friend. Let's all respect each other's privacy and keep our sexy texts to ourselves.