A middle-aged woman I know recently confessed that she's been doing quite a bit of provocative, R-rated texting with a man she's involved with. It turns out grownups in committed relationships are, increasingly, doing it for pleasure and "fun," as one survey found.When I referred to it as "sexting" she was shocked. Also, according to researchers, the whole concept of "sexting" has evolved, or at least is evolving: from a risky, sordid and sometimes-dangerous activity among teens, to, as one therapist (more below) says, a way to add some sexual "simmering" to a relationship that may need spicing up.On Sundays we like to reveal to you the mailers and fliers that our network of tipsters forward to us during the week.This week we received something unusual and enlightening.While we’ve been focusing lately on major crises gripping the top echelons of the Church of Scientology, it’s useful to remember there are still quite a few folks out there in far-flung locations, doing what they can to “clear the planet” — spread the word about Scientology so it can take over the world.And what better way to do that than with ads placed on Craigslist?More than half of the responses came from women; the average age of participants was 35, according to the study authors.
Research has yet to confirm that extreme sexual behavior really is addictive in the same neuroscientific sense that, for instance, habitual heroin use appears to be.
One of our tipsters forwarded to us a 60-page “Craiglist Hat Writeup” put out by a local org.
We’re going to hold back the location and the author for now.
Worse, you can get a potential high from every person you meet.
But unlike other addictions, this one isn't officially recognized.
"It's not like we're sending naked pictures back and forth," she said. Even the AARP acknowledges the trend: "..reality is that more and more of the 50-plus set, both single and married, routinely use text messaging to send tantalizing pictures and provocative words to their partner..."Reframing Sexting Indeed, sexting may be more popular among adults than you think.