Sexting is sending, receiving, or forwarding sexually explicit messages, photographs, or images, primarily between mobile phones, of oneself to others.It may also include the use of a computer or any digital device.
The difference between using these applications and traditional texting is that content is transmitted over the Internet or a data plan, allowing anyone with Internet access to participate.
Snapchat appeals to teens because it allows users to send photos for a maximum of ten seconds before they self-destruct.
In a 2013 study conducted by Drouin et al., it was found that sexting is also associated with attachment styles, as those with attachment avoidance are more likely to engage in sexting behaviours (just as these individuals are also more likely to engage in casual sex).
Thus, instead of increasing intimacy in these types of relationships, sexting may act as a buffer for physical intimacy.
A 2009 study found that 4 percent of teenagers aged 14–17 claim to have sent sexually explicit photos of themselves.