Teenagers are drafted into a sexual culture that rests on a harmful premise: On the heterosexual field, boys typically play offense and girls play defense. An analysis of nearly accounts from to year-old girls about their negative experiences with sexting found that over two-thirds had been asked for explicit images. As one research participant explained about being pressured by her boyfriend, with the shorthand and spelling errors of a texting teenager:.
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“It is becoming a normative component of teen sexual behavior and development.”
Until now, sexting has been somewhat of a vague phenomenon, without much concrete data on how common it actually is in teen life. A team led by researchers from the University of Calgary performed a meta-analysis of past major studies on sexting, and the group concluded that about 1 in 7 people under the age of 18 have sent a sext, and about an entire quarter of the teen population has received one. Wikipedia Their analysis surveyed 39 independent studies conducted between and , which in total include more than , participants. In addition to pinpointing its prevalence among teens, the team found that sexting has, unsurprisingly, become more frequent in recent years and that older teens are more likely to sext than younger ones. Beginning in , the number of teens who have sent a sext has increased by an average of 2.
By Mark Theoharis. Since cell phones first saw widespread adoption in the s, they've become not just ever present, but have developed vastly expanded capabilities, such as the ability to take and instantly share photos. This ability has lead to the phenomena of "sexting," where people send suggestive or nude pictures to others using their cell phones.