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

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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10 Comments

1. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

hahaha not surprised.

2. crappypunk

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

it's healthy for them

3. scottmbolt unregistered

Cool...

4. smrt83

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 16, 2010

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

9. gomets15217

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 13, 2008

HA. plus one.

5. basschica

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 20, 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?

6. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 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

7. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

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

8. keithrandy

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

10. VZWPunchingBag

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 25, 2009

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

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