Life has been placed on hold in the unexplored waters of COVID-19. Dating in real life has gone digital—and what about sexting? So let’s say now is an excellent time to learn how to sext. Even if you’ve never sexted before, didn’t have an interest in it, or just never had the opportunity, more people are turning to their phones for closeness that isn’t currently available in person.

We have a lot more time on our hands than usual. Though Sexting is fantastic for established couples who are apart because of COVID-19, it is also great for new relationships—especially those who meet via sexting apps. This sort of relationship establishes a connection. And if you’re house-bound, you could relieve tension by being intimate with someone.

Sexting can be daunting, whether you’re messaging someone you’ve been dating for a long time or someone you’ve just met. But if you’ve been putting off learning how to sext, now is the time.

 Here are five things you must know if you want to go on that route.

Seek consent

Just because you’re in the mood to start sexting doesn’t imply your sexting partner is as well. Before you go from zero to hundred, you must check in with your partner. Unless, of course, you’ve already established or pre-negotiated that you’re free to sext whenever you want.

Example of sexting: “Hey there! I was thinking about you and wanted to share some NSFW thoughts. Is it something you’re interested in right now?”

Choose the right Angles

Know your angles if you include photos or videos into your sexting practice. I’m not talking about the view that makes your ass appear like the best version of itself; I’m talking about the angles that keep you the safest digitally. When it comes to sexting, we don’t typically want to think about sexual and digital safety, but we need to.

Example of sexting:  “I’m sending you a snapshot of my hand down my undies, and I want you to know how much I wish they were your hands instead.”

Don’t stop teasing

There’s no point in rushing it, just like there’s no point in rushing sex. Don’t reveal everything in the first sext. Instead, tell them what will happen to them, or send them a naughty photo.

Example of sexting: “Thinking about what I want to do to you is driving me insane. Every time I think about it, I am more and more turned on.”

Imbibe these sexting tips, and you’ll be on your way to becoming a pro in the sexting world. Learning how to sext should be a no brainer.