If you’re sexting or having online sex with someone other than your regular partner, it could change your feelings towards them. You may feel guilty – the emotions involved in sexting and online sex are just as real as with any other kind of sex. If your partner finds out, they could feel hurt and betrayed.
Someone you meet online for ‘no ties’ sessions could track you down in the real world. It’s hard to judge character over the internet – they could turn out to be nasty or not be who you thought they were.
There’s nothing illegal about sexting or online sex between two consenting adults, however you need to be careful that the person at the other end is legally old enough to be engaged in sexual activity. If you have sexual images sent to you by, or of, someone under 18 you could be classed as having child pornography, if you send them on then you could be guilty of distributing child pornography. These are serious offences and you could end up in prison or on the sex offenders register. It is also an offence to send sexual images of yourself or sexual messages to someone under 16, or to send sexual images or messages to anyone who does not consent to receiving them. Find out more about sex and the law.
Another risk is regret, especially if you send something when you are drunk or have been taking drugs. You can’t take back something once it is sent, and it could be embarrassing next time you see that person face to face, especially if you accidently send it to the wrong person!
Lastly, using commercial adult chat lines can be extremely expensive. You could get into trouble if you use a work telephone to call them or a regular partner gets sight of your phone bill. Some people can become addicted to these phone lines and run up huge bills.