ANN ARBOR, Mich. -

A new study said the Internet generation is all thumbs when it comes to modern-day flirting.

Sexting is en vogue and may not be as taboo as previously thought.

The University of Michigan SexLab and Prevention Research Center of Michigan study surveyed 3,500 young adults between the age of 18 and 24.

The Results:

43 percent of the young adults surveyed said they received or have sent sex-related messages with their phone.

28 percent sent and received sexual pictures.

13 percent received sexual pictures only.

2 percent sent sexual images without receiving pictures in return.

The study said men are more likely to receive sex-related messages without returning one.

The study also found that sexting doesn't increase depression, anxiety or self-esteem.

Sexters typically are more sexually active than non sexters.

Many surveyed said sexting simply is "another way of flirting." reported that 57 percent of the adults surveyed said they have never sext before.