Study finds that half of adults have sent or received X-rated content on their mobile phones

By on February 5, 2014, 3:45 PM

Sexting, the pop culture term used to describe sending or receiving nude or sexually-suggestive images or explicit text messages, may be most often associated with teens and young adults. But according to a new report from McAfee, such lewd behavior isn’t limited to the nation’s youth.

The security firm found that nearly 50 percent of all adults have used their mobile device to send or receive intimate content. Half of those surveyed said they’ve stored intimate material received on their mobile device, a move that could leave the sender’s reputation at stake – especially in the event of a break-up.

McAfee said 37 percent of people have asked their ex to delete intimate photos and/or messages.

Trust is apparently a big issue in this space as well. One in five respondents said they log into their partner’s Facebook account on a monthly basis while 28 percent said they’ve taken their spouses or significant others’ mobile phone to see what photos and messages they have stored.

Elsewhere, 15 percent of people said they have tracked their significant other on his/her social media account while a full 30 percent have stalked their significant others’ ex using the same tactics.

It should come as little surprise then that nearly three out of four people have changed their passwords following a break-up.

McAfee also offers up some basic tips to help keep your private life private. First, think twice before you share anything that could damage your reputation. It’s also a good idea to use password protection on all of your devices and finally, a bit of common sense – don’t keep personal or intimate information on your mobile phone.

Thumbnail image courtesy of Mashable.




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IvanAwfulitch IvanAwfulitch said:

And the other 50% lied about it.

davislane1 davislane1 said:

So, basically, 50% of mobile users are rank amateurs in the romance game and at least 37% have exceedingly poor risk management skills.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

That would be the male audience would it not? lol

Guest said:

*These stats actually brought to you by the NSA.

veLa veLa said:

Creepy statistics about the stalking part.

1 person liked this | MilwaukeeMike said:

Half of those surveyed said they've stored intimate material received on their mobile device, a move that could leave the sender's reputation at stake - especially in the event of a break-up.

Ladies, if you're gonna take a pic of your ( . Y . ) leave your face out of it, problem solved! Guys, if you're gonna send a pic of your junk, remind yourself why it's called 'junk' it's cause no one wants to see it.

davislane1 davislane1 said:

Ladies, if you're gonna take a pic of your ( . Y . ) leave your face out of it, problem solved! Guys, if you're gonna send a pic of your junk, remind yourself why it's called 'junk' it's cause no one wants to see it.

I call BS. No man with enough brain cells to operate a mobile camera sends a picture of his package to a female who doesn't want to see it. The potential for a sexual harassment suit looming over an unwanted portrait of Johnson & Johnson's Finest is too damn easy. In fact, it's listed in most reputable law books under layup.

TS-56336 TS-56336 said:

One word...Snapchat

cartera said:

One word...Snapchat

One word...Screenshot - it has also been proved that previously sent/ received are still recoverable on the device after the time limit has expired.

2 people like this | captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Who the f***, pays people to, "study", trivial, happy horse s***, like this??

Better still, where do I go apply for one of these jobs?

I don't really care whether or not you've had porn sent to your computer. But I would like to know, how our tastes in porn compare. (Purely from an academic standpoint. Just so that's understood).

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Ladies, if you're gonna take a pic of your ( . Y . ) leave your face out of it, problem solved! .
Hey Mike, does, "turn them upside down and they all look alike", ring any bells with you.....?

ROFLMAO......and so forth....

MilwaukeeMike said:

I call BS. No man with enough brain cells to operate a mobile camera sends a picture of his package to a female who doesn't want to see it. The potential for a sexual harassment suit looming over an unwanted portrait of Johnson & Johnson's Finest is too damn easy. In fact, it's listed in most reputable law books under layup.

You'd think so, yes, but I offer into evidence Brett Favre's pics to Jenn Sterger ( [link] ). Although.. perhaps Brett Favre proves your point about lack of brain cells.

Hey Mike, does, "turn them upside down and they all look alike", ring any bells with you.....?

ROFLMAO......and so forth....

Lol, I just wanted an excuse to make a picture of ( . Y . ).

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