Why young people sext
Sexting is a way to explore your sexual preferences. Digital flirting can add spice to your relationship. For example, you may find it exciting to get nudes from your girlfriend or boyfriend, or you may find it exciting that someone is aroused by your message, photo or video. It can also be a way of enjoying each other if you are separated, such as when one of you is on holiday.
But sexting is not without risks. Showing, sending or receiving intimate images may also be done under pressure and cause harm to another person. Just think of situations when someone forwards or shows your sexts to other people, for whom they are not intended. In some cases, sexting involves transgressive behaviour. This is punishable by law.
The same goes for making, sharing and showing deep nudes. Deep nudes are fake nude photos generated through artificial intelligence based on an existing photo of a real person. These images might be used to blackmail victims, seek revenge or commit fraud on social networking and dating sites. Often the victims are teenage girls.