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Kids who pay for their own phone are 4 times more likely to Sext

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Kids who pay for their own phone are 4 times more likely to Sext
According to the Pew Report, kids who buy their own cellphone are four times more likely to Sext. Some of these sexually charged images make it into the 3,000 reports received each week by the National Center for Missing and Exploited  Children. The report polled 2,553 19 through 29 year olds and 800 between 12 and 17. 75% of teens have a cellphone and 15% of them have received a text message containing sexual imagery of someone they knew, through their cellphone. Of that group, 4% have themselves sent such a picture.

59% of teens in a family with household income under $30,000 have a cellphone while 75%  in "wealthier" families own them. 55% of 18-29 year olds access the internet from a phone. Cellphone usage has grown dramatically. 75% of teens and 93% of adults aged 18-29 now own a cellphone. In 2004, 18% of 12 year olds had a cellphone. That number is now 58% and should continue to rise as pricing becomes cheaper and kids become more tech-savy. Check out the source link for more results from the survey.

source: PewReport via CrunchGear

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:45

1. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


hahaha not surprised.

posted on 05 Feb 2010, 15:23

2. crappypunk (Posts: 131; Member since: 15 Aug 2009)


it's healthy for them

posted on 05 Feb 2010, 15:25

3. scottmbolt (unregistered)


Cool...

posted on 05 Feb 2010, 15:41

4. smrt83 (Posts: 15; Member since: 16 Jan 2010)


This report brought to you by the No Shit Shirlock foundation for the blatantly obvious

posted on 05 Feb 2010, 22:12

9. gomets15217 (Posts: 38; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)


HA. plus one.

posted on 05 Feb 2010, 15:54

5. basschica (Posts: 8; Member since: 20 Aug 2009)


So let me get this straight... the title of this article indicates that teens that pay for their cells are more likely to sext and then it goes on to describe household incomes and percentage of teens with cell phone? This would indicate phones purchased by parents, since we're discussing their AGI. Furthermore 20s != teens. Again, more irrelevance to the title. Let me go ahead and save someone else some large sums of money on another useless study and say that presumably the reason a teen would sext when they pay for their own phone is because their parents wouldn't see the billing detail (or not if it is prepaid) and be able to question who they're calling, texting, sexting, and when and any per message charges that it might incur. If I were a parent, my kid's phone would be on my plan, they would pay for their portion of the bill (it's a luxury item not a necessity) and I'd most certainly monitor it. Ugh, why do people waste time studying the obvious?

posted on 05 Feb 2010, 16:07

6. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


what's up with phone arena and the ginger boy? that is the last thing i think about when someone brings up sexting, lol

posted on 05 Feb 2010, 17:32

7. corporateJP (Posts: 1555; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


ROFLMAO. FTR, I just sexted your daughter. Who"s laughing now, good buddy mutherfucker.

posted on 05 Feb 2010, 20:09

8. keithrandy (Posts: 21; Member since: 05 Feb 2010)


Well duh, if I pay for it I"m gonna use it anyway that I want. I'm 21 I've been sexting before adults knew what the heck it was. If the kid is paying for the phone the parent should be happy that they are finding out about responsibility. They're gonna sext and have sex so you should get use to it.

posted on 06 Feb 2010, 08:26

10. VZWPunchingBag (Posts: 6; Member since: 25 Aug 2009)


I dont understand sexting. When I wanna do it I just go do it.

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