'Flirtexting' aka 'sexting' has become the perfect tool to let a potential partner know what's exactly on your mind, and that too without any hesitation.
With exchanges like 'XOXO' (hugs and kisses), 'French' (French kiss), 'IWSN' (I want sex now), '<3' (heart), or 'LOML' (love of my life), the digital wireless communication is enabling potential partners to make first impressions and helping couples rekindle the passion.
According to Debra Goldstein and Olivia Baniuszewicz, authors of Flirtexting, text messaging is the most widely used mobile data service on the planet, reports Fox News.
But not everyone knows the proper textiquette of efficiently utilising their mobile phones for pleasure, and thus there are rules to this messaging madness.
The seven rules of sexting are:
1. Timing is everything
While it can be tempting to respond right away, being overly eager can be a turn off. This is especially true for those just getting to know each other. Rein in your enthusiasm from time to time, using time as a tease in responding to certain text messages (TMs). This makes you appear laid back and easy-going. This increases the perception that you're fun to hang out with, and more...
2. Texting has a curfew
Know that if you TM somebody after 10 pm, it's considered a late-night booty call.
3. Don't beat around the bush
TMs can be easily misunderstood. People like them for the fact they're succinct and direct. You want to flirt, and with that hint. Just don't be cryptic. These are supposed to be time-saving titillations.
4. Don't drink and text
Getting drunk equals getting stupid. And while it can be funny, it's not so sexy. So stick with sober messages.
5. Avoid breaking major news via text
Texting should not involve first professions of love, marriage proposals or the breaking of bad news.
6. Discretion is the best option
If you're sexting more than one person, do not leave your phone out while on a date. Do not check your phone in front of a date. Turn off your phone if you find yourself having a 'sleepover'.
Any TMs involving sexual encounters, especially those complemented by racy pictures, need to be double-checked. They should be sent to the intended receiver.
Illustration: Uttam Ghosh