Engaging in sexting is a dangerous activity for teens!
It can have adverse side effects and the consequences can be life-long.
Then along came the internet through which electronic devices and social media outlets have changed the game of sexual exchanges.These modern technology advances have made sexual exchanges much easier and more powerful than ever before.With a click of a button a picture can be distributed to many people instantaneously—and once it's out there, there's no going back.Recent Research Just recently there has been some interesting research released on teen sexting: The first is from the University of Utah’s Department of Psychology.Researchers surveyed 606 teens ages 14-18 and found that approximately 20 percent of the teens said they had sent a sexual image of themselves via cell phone.About twice as many teens admitted to receiving a sext.To top it off, of those who reported receiving a sext, well over 25 percent said that they had forwarded it to someone else. Sadly a third of the teens stated that they didn't think about the legal ramifications or consequences of their actions. Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch found teens who "sext" may be more likely to engage in sexual behaviors. Sex creates curiosity, which leads to exploration and experimentation—especially with teens.And this may come as no surprise, teens who engaged in sexting were more likely than others to find the activity acceptable. Here are some of the findings: This study can be found at: This is not a new thing and it's completely normal.They had "justified" their behavior to the point that they didn't view it as wrong. Teens may be curious as to what others look like naked and also easily aroused by nudity. Peer pressure to participate in sex could be another reason teens are succumbing to sending racy pics of themselves.Think about it: If you're a guy and your friends all have sexual photos of girls on their phones, you may feel pressured to do the same; especially if your "guy" friends single you out if you don't.On the flip side, if you’re a girl and other girls are boasting about sending pictures to their boyfriends you may feel you need to do the same; especially if you feel like "everyone else is doing it." They may be in love... To the love-stricken teen it's easy to cave to the pressure when you think "this is the one." You believe with all of your heart this is the person you're destined to be with for eternity. To you this person is trustworthy and you would do anything, and I mean anything, for them.