Every generation thinks it invents sex, but to a remarkable degree generations don’t talk to each other about what they’ve created.  It’s rarely the same, and though older generations can (and do) try, there is nothing in all of creation humans take less advice about than mating rituals.

So, yeah.  People use communication technologies for sexy times.  Deal with it.

Interestingly, to a very limited extent, web browsers actually do.  You may have noticed that each browser has Porn Mode.  Oh, sure, that particular name never makes it through Corporate Branding.  It gets renamed “InPrivate Browsing” or “Incognito Mode” or “The I’m Busy I’ll Be Out In A Minute Window”.  The actual feature descriptions are generally hilarious parallel constructions about wanting to use a friend’s web browser to buy them a gift, but not having the nature of the gift show up in their browser cache.  But we know the score and so do browser developers, who know the market share they’d lose if they didn’t support safer consumption of pornography (at least in the sense that certain sites don’t show up on highly visible “popular tabs” pages during important presentations).


In the long run, I think the standard photo applications [on smartphones] will get a UI refresh, to allow “sensitive photographs” (presumably of surprise birthday parties in planning) to be locked to the device, allowed through SMS only in directly authenticated circumstances, and not backed up.  Something like a lock icon on the camera screen.  I don’t think the feature request could have happened before this huge leak.  But maybe now it’s obvious just how many people require it.

Dan Kaminsky thinks it’s only a matter of time before smartphones get Sexy Selfie Mode.

Remember, kids: safe, sane, and consensual applies to smartphones, too.