Sexting is dangerous, and if you're under 18 you should NEVER do it. But sometimes, sending sexy pictures can help keep the spark alive in a relationship. Especially one that's long-distance.
--So the website YourTango.com came up with some guidelines for people who DO decide to start sexting. Here are the top four things you need to think about before you send a dirty photo.
#1.) Is the Photo Sexy? For some reason, guys think sexy means sending a photo of their junk like Brett Favre did. But believe it or not, most women don't find close-up crotch-shots sexy.
--So back off a little, and make sure there's more than just skin in the picture. A crotch-shot with underwear . . . like the one Anthony Weiner sent on Twitter . . . might be a better idea.
--And if you DO show skin, men and women should both think about doing a little grooming first.
#2.) Does It Show Your Face? This one's obvious, but it's important because if you break up and the person posts the picture online, you can just deny it's you. You shouldn't show any tattoos or birthmarks for the same reason.
#3.) Who's Going to See It? If you're in a serious relationship with someone, you can trust them to keep your sexting confidential. Or not. And if you have a terrible break-up, don't say we didn't warn you.
--But if you're sexting with someone you just met, there's a good chance they'll show it to friends. So just keep that in mind before you hit the send button.
#4.) Did You Double Check the Phone Number? Even if you've never sent a text message to the wrong person, you should always check the number twice before you send a dirty text message.
--If the photo goes to someone else by mistake . . . like your mom, your boss, or a friend you haven't talked to in five years . . . you'll wish you'd taken those two extra seconds to double check.