Sending casual sexts sounds like no big deal at all, but when you are trying to send a sex text in the moment, you realise that sexting is definitely an art. Whether you are in a long-term relationship, or simply starting something new, flirty, naughty messages are a great thing to try. Sexts are a great form of foreplay and plenty of us are doing it, but what are the rules in 2018?


In this article, we have compiled a list of our top tips, dos and don’ts for sexting with confidence in 2018. Whether you are a nervous beginner or a sexting expert, read on to discover the rules so that you can forget the awkwardness and enjoy the excitement.

How to Initiate Sexting

Trying to initiate sexting for the first time can be a daunting experience. Whether you are in a relationship and your sex life needs some spark or you are trying to flirt with a new partner, knowing how to sext for the first time can be scary. You want to be sexy and hot, but sometimes it can simply feel awkward. Our top tip would be to start with something simple and subtle. Try opening lines like “I can’t stop thinking about you” or “I had a dream about you last night” as these don’t have to be meant in a sexually. Once you’ve sent your sext, you can gauge your partner’s interest based on their reply and go from there…

How To Sext

  • Keep your sexts short and concise
  • Build up the intensity slowly
  • Leave things to the imagination
  • Make it about them, not about what you want them to do to you
  • Ask open questions that require more than a yes or no answer
  • Check the auto correct hasn’t given your sentence a new meaning

Don’t be too serious

Sexting should be fun and exciting, so don’t forget that! Yes, it might be intimidating at first, but ultimately it should add excitement to your sex life, not leave you terrified. Just be confident in everything you say, let the naughty conversations flow and just enjoy the lustful results. Sexting isn’t for everyone though, so if you do find it awkward whatever you try, don’t worry about telling your partner that it isn’t for you.

Use Emojis

If you are struggling with the language of dirty talk and typing out your sexual desires in words, then don’t worry, you are not alone. To combat this truly awkward feeling, why not add emojis into the mix and start telling a story? Your phone is full of fun emojis and characters that will help you explain exactly what you want. Once you’ve grasped the basics of the peach emoji, the aubergine emoji and the taco emoji, you are ready to start experimenting with the hundreds of sexual emoji meanings out there…

Sexting should be fun and exciting, so don’t forget that! Yes, it might be intimidating at first, but ultimately it should add excitement to your sex life, not leave you terrified.

Sexting Faux Pas

Sexting is great fun, but you need to remember that whatever you send is out there forever. Here are a few no-nos to consider amongst all the excitement:

Don’t Give It All Away

Sexting is all about the temptation and building up the excitement; you need to keep your partner guessing and intrigued. You should never send a really sexual message or a nude straightaway; where is the anticipation? Start with a little flirting and start building up images in their imagination. A suggestive picture is a great way to tease; perhaps a shot of you in a towel as you’re getting ready for the date.

Don’t Send Pictures of Your Face

On the picture note, although a suggestive picture can be a great way to tease whilst sexting, you are best to keep it anonymous. In 2018, social media is constant and that picture you’ve just sent really can end up where you don’t want it. To stop any future embarrassment, don’t include your face in any images that you send. If you can’t be identified, you can’t become part of a revenge porn or leaked photo disaster.

Don’t Sext Before Sex

If you haven’t had sex with your partner before, or infact at all, then we recommend holding off on the sexting. At this point you don’t know what he or she likes in the bedroom, so it could make the whole experience more awkward than exciting! Also try not to suggest things over sext that you wouldn’t feel comfortable doing in the bedroom. If they think you are into something, but you’re not, then your lie can create an embarrassing situation for both parties.

Hopefully our top tips have filled you with the confidence you need to start sexting today. Just remember the rules, follow our advice and enjoy the fun that will follow! If sexting isn't your thing, you can learn how to talk dirty with our insightful guide.


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