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Sexting seniors

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Before you head off to grandma's house for Spring Break, you may want to call, or better yet, text first.

Sexting--sending racy, risque messages, photos and videos via text message--has apparently gone senior.

We found some East Texas seniors who were, understandably, shy about the subject.

"I wouldn't want to send a picture of my ugly body to somebody," laughed Dianne Nolen.  "It might scare them."

Others we spoke with were a bit curious.  Will Warren, 68, said he currently dates.  When he's not playing dominoes with the guys down at the Tyler Senior Citizens Center, he is spending time with his lady friend.  He has a cell phone, but sexting has yet to come up.

"I guess it's fun," said Warren.

"[It's] one of those things where you can't necessarily do all that you say you want to do, but you can try," he said, chuckling.

"You only think of your grandma as this nice lady who makes cookies and goes to church," said Judith Livingston. "It's just not a thought that I want to process," she said.

Wade French is a licensed professional counselor.  He said it may be hard to think of the older generation as sexual beings, but they are.

"There's no reason to think that if people cared about each other, beyond the friendship level, that they wouldn't want to be sexual with each other and use what's available," he explained.

"What's available" includes cell phones.  French said a healthy person can have a healthy sex drive even in their latter years. 

But French warned there is a proper time and place for everything, including sexting.  It is up to each senior to use good judgement and decide if sexting is right for them.

"Scripture says it's better for a man to dwell on a roof top than in a house with a contentious woman," said Connie Luther, 65.  Luther said he doubts a sexy text message would makes things less contentious.

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