At the young age of about 13 or 14, most kids in America are given their first cell phone, and promptly begin to send thousands of text messages a month. In the beginning, these texts are simply asking their friends what they’re doing, or what the homework is. But, as kids grow up, and start to get attracted to the opposite sex, it’s only natural that eventually those texts turn into something more explicit. Introducing, the “sext”.
What exactly is a sext? According to Urban Dictionary, a sext is “to send suggestive text messages back and forth. Like cybersex, but with a text.
We’ve all done it. Parents may not like it, but almost all of us have sent or received a sext at some point. Sexting is mostly something that only teenagers and college students embrace. Microsoft Word may still list “sext” as a typo, but sexting has even made it into our nation’s capital, as ex-congressman Anthony Weiner is an avid sexter (google it if you haven’t heard).
So, how does sexting work in college? It’s really not that much different than sexting in high school or sexting anywhere else. Two people who are into each other turn an average texting conversation into something more exciting. Usually it is the guy who begins to imply something more in his texts, and then, slowly the girl catches on and begins to sext back.
Who exactly sexts? And what do these sexting conversations mean? Here’s the rundown on college sexting:
Boyfriend/Girlfriend: Let’s face it, college kids love sex. And, when in a college relationship, there’s no boundaries. College couples feel free to say/do whatever they want to their boyfriend/girlfriend. This includes sexts while in class, sexts while working out, sexts while at work, or sexts while at the family Christmas party. Some of these may sound bad, but really, they are just bad as in good. College couples like each other, and being young, aren’t afraid to express it. Sexting and being intimate in relationships can take it to a whole new level, and sexting plays a prominent role in college relationships. Heck, some couples even sext lists of where they plan to hook-up. Cough cough.
Hook-Up Buddy: Hook-up buddies in college are for exactly what the name says; hooking-up. Hook-up buddies can be friends, but really, they just use each other for sex. We’re talking about the random girl you hooked-up with before learning her name, or the guy you took upstairs at a dance party. For hook-up buddies, their relationship is sex, so, it’s only natural that when they text, it’s a sext. Besides, what would they talk about anyways? It’s a straight to the point thing, no need to waste time with chit chat.
New Girl/Guy: This is the new person you met at a party. You had a great time dancing, playing beer pong, or just talking with them, got their number, but nothing happened. Naturally you text them the next day, but let’s all admit something. Guys, you asked for her number for one reason. And ladies, you wouldn’t of given out your number if he wasn’t cute. Most college guys will admit, either publicly or secretly, that when texting the new girl, they want to make that conversation as playful and sexual as possible. Guys love it when they’re able to turn an average conversation with a new girl into something with a lot more winky faces, and girls don’t mind it either. I mean, that’s hot right?
In general, you can see that sexting is common among college kids today, and contrary to what parents think, it’s actually not that bad. Kids have been hooking-up in college for over hundreds of years. Sexting is just a new form of expressing what is only human nature. Besides, who doesn’t enjoy getting that winky face text while in the middle of a boring philosophy class?
Happy Sexting!…But, if you’re concerned with the consequences of sexting, then check that out here.