Former Congressman Anthony Weiner can take small comfort in the results of a new study that suggests sexting isn't especially uncommon for adults his age. His younger online "friends" might be less comforted by the knowledge that even grandparents 25 years older than him are getting in on the fun.
That encouraging (or terrifying, depending on your point of view) nugget of information reaches us by way of a McAfee study fielded by The Futures Company, which polled 1,258 adults between the ages of 50 and 75—baby boomers, for the most part—and found that a whopping 24 percent of those who access the Internet on mobile devices have sent "intimate or personal photos, texts or emails." More unnervingly, about a third of those mobile users don't bother with password protection, making it all the more likely that you'll inadvertently stumble upon one such intimate message that you wouldn't want to find on Mom or Dad's phone.
This survey definitely shoots a hole in the tired notion that sexting is chiefly a millennial phenomenon that must be stopped, especially considering an entirely different 2011 study that found that less than 10 percent of 10- to 17-year-olds have received or sent sexually themed images.
Of course, that's a narrower age range and a narrower definition of sexting—just images, not text—but the message is clear: sexting isn't just for the youngsters anymore (if it ever was.)