"I think it's really important for women, if they want to be, to be open about [sex] on social media," Sarah tells ABC News.
Twenty percent of 16 year olds and 30 percent of 17 year olds have received a sext (a sexually implicit text), according to a Pew Internet Study, and 17 percent of sexters share the explicit messages they receive, says the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
According to an Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine study, one out of every four teens has sent a sext, and 68.4 percent of teen girls have been asked to send a sext, as compared to 42.1 percent of boys.
In August, a British man was sent to jail after defrauding two women of over £300,000 ($455,300) through online dating sites.
He had convinced them that he was a diplomat and that a US marine general had fallen in love with them, causing one woman to pawn jewelry, empty her life savings, sell her car, and take out loans to help this general move to the UK. In 2011, the Internet Crime Complaint Center estimated that the online dating scamming “industry” was worth over $50 million, but it’s likely much higher than that, due to the difficulty of making a good estimate.
Here are six things to keep in mind to help you spot and avoid scammers on online dating sites.
Anyone can be the target and victim of these scams—men, women, young, old, gay, straight, white, black, Asian, Hispanic… But the FBI states that women who are “over 40, divorced, widowed, and/or disabled” are prime targets for scammers.
So Facebook has taken an unusually proactive effort at quashing the Messenger myths.
In a brief article titled “Get the Facts About Messenger,” Facebook’s Peter Martinazzi explains that Messenger won’t “turn on your camera or microphone when you aren’t using the app.” Facebook is also pushing out in-app notifications to some Messenger users linking to the article, according to a report from The Next Web.
Sarah, a 27-year-old student in Melbourne, has about 50 in her inbox.
Random men regularly direct message her unsolicited images of their junk, seemingly for no reason at all, but typically whenever she mentions sex or sexuality in her tweets.
Most states do not have specific sexting laws and instead criminally prosecute kids caught sending nude photos of themselves or other kids under harsh child pornography laws.