Turns out, we may be biologically hardwired to show off our goods, because the reaction makes us feel pretty good. But that doesn’t mean sending nude pictures isn’t extremely damaging to your reputation, self esteem, and relationships.
A new study says that being wanted can actually turn girls on, because it makes us feel better about ourselves–and feeling good about ourselves actually turns us on more than our partners do. And here’s the thing–of course it’s awesome to be confident and to love yourself. But there are so many other ways to build up your self confidence without worry about the repercussions of nude pictures!
With so many celebs sending and leaking their own nude pictures all the time, it may look easy to wave off as no biggie, but it is.
First off, celebs have publicists and lawyers that get paid a ton of cash to make their nude photo scandals go away–most of us aren’t lucky enough to have those kinds of resources. Second, celebs generally don’t have college interviews, varsity eligibility, or prom to worry about. And third, it absolutely still affects a lot of their careers–Vanessa Hudgens may be a household name, but her box office rankings are pretty awful, and her tarnished rep may be partly to blame.
Obviously, most of us aren’t trying to star in blockbuster movies–but the consequences of a normal person’s nude pictures leaking are even more dire than a High School Musical star’s. When you hit “send,” you lose all control over whatever images you send out into the ether. Even if the guy or girl you send them to is trustworthy, what happens if you piss them off one day? Who’s going to see them? Your parents? Your frenemy? Your principal? It’s just too risky. Aside from the embarrassment of your nude pictures going to people who you never wanted to see them, there’s also a chance you could face legal drama from them. A lot of teens have actually faced child porn charges for taking, sending, and distributing nude pictures of themselves and people they know–and that’s really something you don’t want on your record!
If you want to be wanted, that’s normal. You’re human! But make sure you’re wanted for the right reasons–your awesome sense of humor, your great listening skills, how well you play drums–and not for the blackmail-worthy nude pictures you’re sending to a guy’s phone.
Have you ever sent a guy nude pictures? Have guys ever sent nude pictures to you? What would you do if your own nude pictures when public? Tell us in the comments!