Sexting rampant among teens, survey finds
Over 30% of the teens are engaged in sexting, finds a survey. Sexting is a practice of sharing nude photographs, or exchanging ‘steamy’ texts through mobile phones.
According to this University of Texas Medical Branch study, 28% of the teens said to have sent their nude photograph either by email or text. Approximately 57% of the teens have been asked to send their photographs.
The researchers from UTMB have surveyed around 1000 high school students from 7 different schools in Southeast Texas.
It seems almost all girls are little bothered about it when asked to send a nude photograph of them, while only half of the boys showed some concern.
According to the researchers, the teens who are involved in sexting are more likely to engage in sexual activities when compared to their peers, who don’t sext.
“Pediatricians, policy makers, schools and parents have been handicapped by insufficient information about the nature and importance of teen sexting,” said the lead researcher Jeff Temple, an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, at University of Texas Medical Branch.
“These findings shed new light on the public health importance of this increasingly common behavior and we hope that the data contributes to improved adolescent health care,” he added.