Face to face sexchat
Debrief writer Stevie, 25, agrees that boob pics are NBD these days: ‘We always send pictures of our boobs via snapchat, mainly because there’s so much you can do in terms of decoration and no chance of anyone seeing it.
Also, pictures of boobs aren’t really a big deal anymore – I think most people send photos like that to their lady/man friends. Similarly I send boob pictures to my boyfriend all the time.’ Gemma insists that, rather than killing any chemistry, chatting to someone extensively via texts or messages before a date takes some of the pressure off when you do meet IRL.
Similarly, falling in love is supposed to have a similar effect on the brain as taking coke – so who’s to say that Whatsapp sex isn’t almost as potent as real-life sex?
And when you’re talking hook-ups with strangers, it certainly presents a lower physical risk.
Because you're too busy typing - and by that we mean ttexting, messaging and Snapchatting potential paramours before you’ve even met them.
Once you’ve matched with someone on Tinder you might chat to them for weeks before meeting up IRL, and how about that friend of a friend you sort of fancy who casually started messaging you on Facebook?
Would you even dream of going on a blind date with a stranger if you hadn’t vetted them and checked out the quality of their ‘banter’ on Whatsapp first?
It felt like he’d written all these things down, and now he was coming good on them in real life,' she says. A study earlier this month revealed that more Americans are sexting than ever before, while similarly, we seem to be having less actual, IRL sex than we ever have done.
If you’re lured into a conversation with one of these charisma killers on Tinder, surely it’s better to meet them in real life sooner rather than later, rather than wasting your time? ‘It does feel good when I’m getting loads of messages and having good banter, but I don’t take it to seriously – Tinder isn’t really real life,’ she says.
She might be onto something – numerous studies have revealed that receiving a text message or an email releases a surge of dopamine into the brain.
Equally where sending someone a picture of your tits used to be particularly risqué – now not only is it a standard mating ritual, but it’s something we do with our friends, all the time.
Blame Snapchat (which 77% of college students in American use daily) - because it automatically deletes the pictures 39 seconds after they’ve been opened the risk that they’ll end up on Facebook/a revenge porn sight/being emailed to your nan has been dramatically reduced.
‘I’d always wait for a guy to suggest moving onto Whatsapp first, in the same way as I’d always wait for a guy to suggest a date.