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Study finds over 25% of teens sext

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Study finds over 25% of teens sext
We’ve all heard it on our local news, stories about sexting becoming the latest unhealthy and sometimes dangerous trend that is taking our nation’s teens by storm. Many concerned parents have probably wondered how prevalent this behavior actually is.

A recent study was conducted among 948 high school students, aged 14 to 19, in seven different public schools throughout southeast Texas. The results of the study are based completely off of self-reported behaviors. 

Of those 948 students, approximately 28% said they have “sent a naked picture of themselves,” while 57% of those surveyed said they have been asked to send a naked picture of themselves and they were “bothered” by the request.

Even though the occurrence of this behavior seems to be happening at an alarming rate, the study found that most teens still do not find it acceptable.

Study finds over 25  of teens sext
“On the contrary, we found that teens are generally bothered by being asked to send a naked picture. In fact, nearly all girls were bothered by having been asked. Even among boys, more than half were bothered at least a little by having been asked,” the research states.

The study did find that age seems to be a factor. Adolescents aged 16 and 17 engaged in sexting much more than younger teens. The research also found that the behavior suddenly dropped off at age 18.

Finally, a strong correlation was found between sexting and other behaviors such as dating, sex, and risky sexual behaviors, such as having multiple sex partners and using substances before sex.

source: Mashable

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posted on 05 Jul 2012, 12:10 19

1. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1044; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


And I bet 28% or more are HAVING sex. Its the way the world is. People need to stop freaking out. Even Shakespeare who was gay knocked up a chick 5 centuries ago. Be a good parent; can't do much more than just try to raise your kids right and hope for the best.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 13:07 6

3. quakan (Posts: 1140; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Hoping for the best is really all you can do if you know you've done your part as a parent. As a parent you really need to have sex talks with your kids and more than just one time with the "Birds and the Bees" talk. You can't be afraid to talk to your kids about STI's, condoms, and other sexual related topics. It's better the parents educate their child rather than the kids getting advice from a peer who knows just as much as they do.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 14:44 4

5. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)


you said STi and i thaught you were talking about a Subaru. Until i read the rest of it... LOL

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 18:43

8. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1551; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Haha thumbs up so did I

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 17:03 1

7. clevelandiskindacool (Posts: 28; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


Just because you have a penis and a camera does not mean the two ever need to meet!

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 13:01 4

2. JcHnd (Posts: 81; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


So?... and I agree to the first comment... whatever! who cares?

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 14:09 4

4. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)


40% of teachers are and 100% will be caught. LMAO

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 14:52 8

6. Synack (Posts: 659; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Hmmm, when I was in high school 6 years ago, "sexting" was talking about sexual related stuff via words over the text message. Not sending naked pictures. Sending naked pictures should not be called sexting, it should be called sending naked pictures.

posted on 08 Jul 2012, 22:09

11. nosybummer (Posts: 17; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


exactly!!!!

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 22:28

9. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)


back in 03, Guys at ESPN were sending junk shots to interns. Ask Sean Salsbury. He called his 'steak' -- "LiL Sean"

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 00:02

10. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


And not a single f**k was given that day.

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