When I referred to it as "sexting" she was shocked. It's fun. It turns out grownups in committed relationships are, increasingly, doing it for pleasure and "fun," as one survey found. 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. Even the AARP acknowledges the trend: " Also, nearly 75 percent said they sexted in the context of a committed relationship, while 43 percent said they sexted as part of a casual relationship. More than half of the responses came from women; the average age of participants was 35, according to the study authors.
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 first published use of the term sexting was in a article in the Australian Sunday Telegraph Magazine. Sexting has become more common with the rise in camera phones and smartphones with Internet access, that can be used to send explicit photographs as well as messages. Young adults use the medium of the text message much more than any other new media to transmit messages of a sexual nature,  and teenagers who have unlimited text messaging plans are more likely to receive sexually explicit texts. As a result of sexting being a relatively recent practice, ethics are still being established by both those who engage in it and those who create legislation based on this concept. Whether sexting is seen as a positive or negative experience typically rests on the basis of whether or not consent was given to share the images. Nevertheless, Australian laws currently view unders as being unable to give consent to sexting, even if they meet the legal age for sexual consent. Contrary to common misconception , when it comes to preventing abuse among adolescents, consent is more important than trying to stop sexting altogether. Sexting has been promoted further by several direct messaging applications that are available on smartphones.