As there’s no real physical contact involved in online sex and sexting (also known as ‘cybersex’, ‘phone sex’ or ‘sexting’) there’s no risk of STDs. But there are still other potential dangers from online sexting, and so you should be aware of them if you’re considering doing it.
It’s important to note that sexually transmitted diseases can’t be contracted by means of computer software, and this holds true for computer users as well. The best way to avoid contracting an STD is to make sure that your computer is always kept clean, and that viruses and worms aren’t running around your system. It’s also very important to get rid of files on your computer that are infected with viruses – and this is where your antivirus program comes into play. Once you have your system disinfected, it’s important to keep your computer clean in the future – and that means being careful with what you download, especially when it comes to downloading images and videos, and files that are large.
As the internet makes it easy for people to communicate via instant messaging, email and chat rooms, you may encounter individuals who might share sexually explicit material that they’ve obtained via the internet. This isn’t necessarily illegal, but it is very important that you avoid such encounters.
Sexually transmitted diseases don’t just pop up when you least expect it – they often strike at the most embarrassing time, and that’s often during online sex. Because sexting involves no physical contact, it’s quite likely that it will take place at a time when you least expect it. And you might find out something embarrassing while having sex, such as for example that your partner has a sexually transmitted disease, or that they were sexually abused in the past – so you need to be aware of the dangers of online sex.
As well as being potentially embarrassing, sex on the internet can also be damaging. You need to be wary of anyone who is trying to scam you – whether by pretending to be someone else, or by threatening to expose private information. If a person is too aggressive in their approach, you need to consider deleting the chat room, and avoiding further contact with them.
There are some advantages to online dating in that you can chat with people across the globe, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t be sexually provocative when you’re talking to someone online. You do, after all, have to have a conversation with someone, right? But it’s important to be careful to keep your words and body language in check.
So how do you stay safe when you’re having online sex? Well, the first thing you’ll want to do is find someone whose interests, hobbies and personal life align with yours. This is particularly important if your sex life is already focused around sex – you don’t want to risk being too sexually active while meeting someone just to see if they like you.
You can also try using a chat site that allows you to choose who you want to talk to before you even talk with them – which means you can keep your profile discreet and keep your identity protected. Another good idea is to use a free dating service so you don’t give away too much personal information about yourself to anyone you meet online. In fact, if you have no intention of meeting in person, you might even be able to arrange to meet with someone face to face.