AH Tech Talk: Nearly Half Of All U.S. Adults Use Smartphones For Sexting

Almost half of adults in the United States are sexting. If you're not familiar with the term, sexting refers to sending or receiving nude photos or sexual text messages, emails, instant messages, or other adult content. We hear about it in the news when politicians or celebrities get caught sending nude photos, but more of us are doing it than we may admit.

Security company McAfee conducted a survey in December of 2013 where they asked 1,500 men and women between the ages of 18-54 whether or not they had ever sexted. Participants were also asked about their other security habits, including whether or not they sent passwords or other sensitive data to anyone. The survey found that 96 percent of adults use their phones to take pictures, and that 49 percent of the adults surveyed sent or received sexual content of one kind or another. Of those that engage in sexting, 50 percent stored the explicit messages that they transmitted. 77 percent of adults send nude photos or sexual messages to their significant others. Get this though. 16 percent of the adults surveyed sext with total strangers. It's mostly younger people who are engaging in sexting, too. 70 percent of the people surveyed who said they send or receive explicit content were between the ages of 18-24. Men send more sexts than women, too. 61 percent of men sent or received sexy photos or messages. 48 percent of women take part in the racy activity.

The report that McAfee compiled focuses on security in general, with a focus on sexual content. The company is saying that we should be careful with all of our information, including our naked pictures. The survey also uncovered that we are regularly sending bank account and email passwords with their significant others, which is a huge security risk. 20 percent of people actually log into their significant other's Facebook page at least once a month. "Far too many people are sharing e-mail and bank account passwords with their partners," the company says. "By sharing too much you run the risk of having your information go public without your knowledge, posing a threat to your privacy and identity." Be careful with your data, whether it's nude photos or bank account passwords. You don't want a bad break-up to lead to your naked pictures ending up on your Facebook wall.

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