Sexting – Teens still do it

According to a new survey, almost one-third of youths admit they’ve engaged in sexting-related activities that involved either e-mailing a photo or video of themselves in the nude or being the recipient of such images. Of those who admitted to distributing suggestive images of themselves, about 61 percent report that they were pressured by someone to send the image. Girls were more likely to share a naked image of themselves than boys. Those who are already sexually active were much more likely to send an image than those who were not sexually active. Most of the respondents sent the image to a significant other or a person of romantic interest to them. But 29 percent said they shared naked images of themselves with someone they knew only online.

To help measure where the younger generation currently stands on sexting and digital abuse, 1,247 youths between ages 14 and 24 were surveyed. About 50 percent of youths who responded to the survey said they’ve been the victim of some form of digital abuse. The most common type of abuse was being the target of a smear campaign; about 22 percent of respondents indicated they’d been the target of lies spread through digital media. About 8 percent of respondents indicated they’d been threatened with some form of digital blackmail. Females were targeted for digital abuse more often than males — with 53 percent of them acknowledging it, as opposed to 42 percent of males.

These are some of the findings of a survey conducted by MTV and the Associated Press as part of a new multi-year campaign the youth-oriented television network launched on Thursday with numerous partners. The aim of the campaign, dubbed “A Thin Line,” is to educate teens and college-age students about safe and appropriate digital behavior. The campaign will include a half-hour MTV news special to be broadcast next Valentine’s Day that will focus on sexting as well as a series of public service announcements addressing sexting, harassment, digital prejudice and other topics. In addition, the network’s documentary series True Life will do an episode on the issues that two young couples have faced through their digital activities. And so on… [via Oscar]

Not that we didn’t know already…

  

18 thoughts on “Sexting – Teens still do it”

  1. Me and one of my friends (Who happens to insist he’s straight, totally don’t buy it) trade naked pics all the time. Most of the time through email or texts.

  2. NWO doesn’t give a crap about kids or texting…just something to distract the masses…”panem et circum”.

  3. O`h great now were gonna get on the Save The Kids kick and start screening all mails and texts !
    More ammo for the Zero Tol. Group !

      1. Yes! He is super cute– my email is my username (planetx_…) at hotmail.com

        Thanks!
        Steve

      2. What are “bitemarks” – with respect to the pictures of course, I know what actual bitemarks are:)

  4. “Youths” between 14 and 24? WTF is THAT about? Since when are 18-24yo adults considered youths? For cryin’ out loud, the only reason we didn’t sext in the 60s and 70s was because the technology wasn’t available. Instead we had Polaroids. When I was 13 (or 14?) an older cousin showed me pornographic B&W Polaroids of a girl he had been with – he let me have them and of course I showed them to all of my friends. More than once thise photos turned a friend into a jacking buddy. Children are entitled to be clothed, sheltered, fed and watered, and to receive a complete secular and religious education from their parents, but sex should stay in the gutter where it belongs – where it is deliciously forbidden, secret, and daring.

  5. These surveys give a missguided impression. It’s like any statistic.

    Also if someone comes up – to ask for a survey on a topic that could get me in trouble –
    i’ll decline the invitation.

    I’m sure most of those interviewed just said they were pressured to free themselves of prosecution/guilt.

    The law has absolutly nothing to do with what is right or wrong . It just serves a certain % of people.

  6. This is beyond ironic for me. Reading a blog entry on the subject and seeing pictures of myself accompanying it. Sigh.

    And in case you were wondering – i am not planning on ever going back to malegeneral. But i still update my DN account and am contemplating posting moar to mirrorstage.devinatart.com

    peace, comrades

    -bitey

  7. With the way technology is now I do not believe that every teenager is pressurised into showing off his assests to all and sundry. As the saying goes, when the parents are away the boys/girls come out to play.

    I wonder how many parents find out that their son or daughter has shown their bodies and/or done sexual activities with another boy or girl on the internet or on their i-phone.

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