Study finds over 25% of teens sext

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.

“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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11 Comments

1. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1246; Member since: Aug 13, 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.

3. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 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.

5. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

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

8. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Haha thumbs up so did I

7. clevelandiskindacool

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

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

2. JcHnd

Posts: 283; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

4. Zorin

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 26, 2010

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

6. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

11. nosybummer

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

exactly!!!!

9. Zorin

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 26, 2010

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

10. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

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

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