Seniors engage in sexting, says AARP

Sending sexually explicit text messages is not limited to unruly teens, according to a new article from the American Association of Retired Persons. The report highlights several individual cases of retirement-age individuals who like to "sext," including Roger, a 59 year old Massachusetts resident who says he has been sending such messages for years.

"I'll say, 'You have an amazing body. You have amazing breasts,'" he’s quoted in the piece. "The next thing you know, you'll get a picture of a breast."

Several factors are weighed on why “baby boomers” and those just reaching retirement age are taking part in the trend. As their children grow into adulthood and their own parents develop health issues with age, retirees are looking for a fast and easy way to relieve stress, the article suggests.

According to Dr. Jonathan Alpert, a psychotherapist and advice columnist based in New York, the lack of face-to-face interaction decreases the risk of feeling judged by the other person.

"Where there's less risk of being critiqued…there's opportunity for greater sexual expression," Alpert says.

Teenagers caught sending such messages are in some cases facing criminal charges for child pornography (Chicago Tribune). But the article suggests the biggest risk to older users is being fooled by false promises and deceptive photos from those they have not met in person.

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"Teenagers caught sending such messages are in some cases facing criminal charges for child pornography."

Wow.......So let me get this straight, a 15 year old sends pictures of him or herself to his or her bf/gf and is facing criminal charges but when the two naive idiots go at it like rabbits in the bedroom it is perfectly fine? So just because it has been transformed into some kind of portable media it is now criminal? Let me just say that the biggest failure in this world is the US government!

dead.cell said,
Golly-gee-willikers, I'd sure like to put my dinglepop in your dispenser, young lady!

now say that without the false teeth

I never really thought of the baby boomers as seniors. We've always known there was a resurgence in sexual activity in that age group.

That's just too funny. I thought those "baby boomers" were too set in their ways to embrace technology? Anyway, it's cool that they're feeling frisky again and flirting in new ways. I guess the fishing shows and Bingo halls are getting a little too redundant!

Ahhh, nope, if I want to relieve stress, the last thing I would think about doing is sending someone pictures of my wrinkly old ass or dried flower arrangement to people on the phone.

I'm no prude, but dayam...

And so what happens when gramma or step dad accidentally sends that disgusting crap to the wrong number? ICK ICK ICK! Some news just should not be posted!

ev0| said,
you have an amazing body.

http://www.roysac.com/asciinudes/org/Leftright.txt

Edited by Patchou, Jan 29 2010, 11:39pm :

Andrew Lyle said,
Sick...

yeah , i pretty much regret reading this line

"I'll say, 'You have an amazing body. You have amazing breasts,'" he’s quoted in the piece. "The next thing you know, you'll get a picture of a breast."

as in the breast of a 59-year old woman? some people are into mature porn i guess

and

According to Dr. Jonathan Alpert, a psychotherapist and advice columnist based in New York, the lack of face-to-face interaction decreases the risk of feeling judged by the other person.

is ironic, if they cant see you, they wont judge you, but cant they see you if you send a picture of yourself?

carmatic said,

yeah , i pretty much regret reading this line

as in the breast of a 59-year old woman? some people are into mature porn i guess

who said they're gonna be the same age?