May 25, 2013
Study Exposes Teen Sexting Myth
Posted on Dec 5, 2011
What’s with those teenagers sending around photos of their privates? It turns out they’re just a fantasy. A new study asked kids whether they had created and sent sexually explicit images of themselves (rather than the vaguer “do you sext?”) and only 1 percent said “yes.”
That number more than doubles if you include photos that show mere (mere???) nudity.
About 7 percent of the young people interviewed told researchers that they had received images ranging from nearly nude to, well, we’d rather not imagine.
This research was conducted by the Crimes Against Children Research Center, which speaks to the concerns of parents, educators and lawmakers everywhere. Sexual texting, you see, is considered by many to be child pornography, even if it’s the product of teenagers being teenagers.
Luckily it turns out to be something very few teens engage in. Perhaps we titillated adults in the media and academic communities can move on to issues that are far more dangerous to children, such as obesity (more than one-third of teenagers in 2008 were overweight or obese). —PZS
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