By Glynn Guerra |Staff Writer|
“Sex sells” is not only a business strategy, but something that our society has come to know and live by.
It almost feels as if our society revolves around sex when we see it in everything from movies to music.
Recently, “sexting” has become more popular among social media.
According to WebMd, sexting is the sending of sexually explicit messages or images via cell phone texts.
For many, sexting is meant to be a private act of intimacy between two people.
What people don’t realize is that they face the danger of these images or messages ending up in the hands of the wrong people.
Jordan, 23, an ASU student who wished to keep her last name private, spoke about two girls at her high school that took a risqué photo together and sent it to a boy that one of them was dating at the time.
When the couple broke up, the boy decided to send the picture of the two girls to all of his friends.
The picture was then sent from his friends to all of their friends and eventually revealed to the school principal.
The girls, the boy and his friends were suspended as a result.
“I think it’s a perfect example of how [sexting] has consequences for boys and girls,” said Jordan. “The boy was lucky he didn’t get expelled for sending that picture without the girl’s permission, especially because they were underage.”
According to bullying.about.com, if your sexting results in something less like a private act of intimacy and more like a public display of your sexuality, you will face the consequence of it seriously affecting your current and future life.
The site states that not only do you face the risk of humiliation and embarrassment, but you can also face the risk of serious legal consequences.
According to legalmatch.com, many states are cracking down on criminal charges for sexting.
Depending on your situation you may have to register as a sex offender or if you or the other person are underage, receive child pornography charges.
Once gone public your charges can be discovered by anyone and could even affect an employer’s decision to hire you.
Most employers don’t want someone working for them with a bad reputation or who is not responsible, which is exactly how many people may view you after being charged with a sex crime.
Some have even taken it to the next level of risk-taking by using apps, such as Snapchat.
Snapchat is an app that you can send photos to your friends through.
The longest a single photo can be viewed on Snapchat is 10 seconds. Once the 10 seconds are over the photo can never be viewed again.
However, the receiver can quickly take a screen shot of the photo before the 10 seconds are up, saving it permanently.
No matter how much fun you think you may be having at the moment, you take a huge risk every time you are involved in sexting.
So be sure to be responsible, because it can haunt you forever.