One in Ten People Have Accidentally Sexted the Wrong Person

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One-tenth of self-described "sexters" have accidentally sent x-rated texts to the wrong person, according to a recent poll by U.K.-based mobile news site Recombu. If you're one of them, we have little sympathy for you: I mean, how many people are you mass-sexting, anyway? But, in this day and age, there are a number of excuses you could use to cover your tracks: Autocorrect! Blame it on Siri! Or, just pretend you were making a good old fashioned joke. If the mistaken sext recipient doesn't quite get your humor — "How is 'I can't wait to fuck you' funny?" — just pretend like she's the weird one for not appreciating your wit.


The study revealed some more data about (presumably heterosexual) U.K. adults' cellphone habits:

  • 47 percent of people send sexy texts to their "significant other." (it's not specified who gets the "significant other" title — does it mean anyone from a spouse to a booty call?)
  • Men are more likely to accidentally sext someone else, such as a family member or friend, even though women send slightly more sexts. Maybe they just need more practice? And less drunken sexting?
  • About 12 percent of people said they have an easier time sexting than talking dirty IRL.
  • Both men and women typically wait an hour to respond after a potential date or new partner texts them.
  • About one in five women will wait for the man to text first, while one in 10 men will wait to hear from a woman first before sending a text.
  • 80 percent of people pay attention to the number of x's ("kisses") at the end of a text. Maybe they're paying too much attention to emoticons and too little attention to their contact list, hence the accidental sexts? Just a thought.

1 in 10 Have Sent Sexts to the Wrong Person [Mashable]

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Ah, I'm well versed in this. In high school, I would drunkenly text the wrong person all the time. I never used my phone book since I had all of my friend's numbers memorized (but had fat fingers), so I would suggestively text this poor, random, woman. She would text back, "Oh my, I think you have the wrong number!" then "Wrong again," then eventually, "I think you should check your phone book," and finally, nothing.

When I got together with my current boyfriend, he texted, "I think your tits are top shelf," to his mom instead of me. She responded, "I think you meant to send this to Bexxx but glad to see you guys are getting along so well!"