Study Says 15 Percent of Teens Receive Sexual Text Messages
According to a recent study on sexting, almost one-sixth of teens who possess cell phones have accepted nude or partially nude photos from someone they know.
Nonprofit organization Pew Internet & American Life Project surveyed 800 people and found 15 percent of cell-phone-owning adolescents ages 12 to 17 have received racy images, while four percent have sent out photos or videos of themselves.
Girls and boys are equally likely to participate in sexting, and many claim that it’s less stressful than trying to engage in intercourse.
“Most people are too shy to have sex,” one high school boy told the organization. “Sexting is not as bad.”
Bill Albert, spokesman for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, believes parents should not blame cells phones for the sexting trend.
“To me, blaming the technology is like blaming an automobile for drunk driving,” he explained. “It is not the product, it is not the technology that is the problem. It is the judgment of the people using the technology.” (CNN)