It's one thing to Tweet a photo of your crotch to a young woman who's not your wife. It's another to insist the bulging crotch isn't yours, New York Democrat Anthony Weiner has discovered.
"I lied because I was ashamed at what I had done, and I didn't want to get caught," he said in a press conference Monday, CNN reports.
Mr. Weiner added he has no plans to resign, although he admitted to exchanging photos "of an explicit nature" with about six women he'd met online over the past three years.
But as lewd as his admission may be, Mr. Weiner is hardly the only public figure with a sexting habit.
Wisconsin district attorney Ken Kratz resigned in October after he was accused of "sexting" women involved in cases he was prosecuting, reported USA Today.
And former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his top aide, Christine Beatty, caused an uproar when their torrid sexting affair was revealed.
The bottom line is that plenty of adults are spicing up their sext lives.
"It's a part of our dating culture to be doing this," Michelle Drouin, a psychologist at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, told ABC News. After studying sexting behaviour among college students, she found that half of people in committed relationships had sent a nude or semi-nude photo to their partners, and two-thirds had exchanged sexy messages.
People with healthier relationship styles – those who neither avoid relationships nor are anxiously attached – don't tend to sext as much, Ms. Drouin found.
So maybe relationship therapy could help Congressman Weiner let go of the urge to hit send.
How do you feel about adult sexting?