The national telephone survey confirms parent and teacher worries that young people are using cell phones to send out and receive sexually explicit images of themselves and of romantic partners. The person survey, released Tuesday by the nonprofit research group, found 15 percent of cell-phone-owning teens ages 12 to 17 had received nude or nearly nude photos by phone. Four percent of the teens said they had sent out sexually explicit photos or videos of themselves. Older teens were more likely to send sexual images through text messages than younger teens. Four percent of year-olds reported sending sexually suggestive images by text message, while 8 percent of year-olds reported texting nude or partially nude photos. The Pew survey suggests teens who pay their own cell phone bills and who have unlimited text messaging plans are more likely to engage in sexting than those who use phones owned by their parents or have restrictions placed on how frequently they can text.
This activity, though a relatively recent phenomenon, has become very widespread. Studies reveal that about 1 in 5 American teenagers engage in sexting. The problems with sexting are too numerous to count. First, and most importantly, it is illegal—and frequently for the sender as well as the recipient.. In Michigan, the consequences for sexting could be life changing. Enticing a minor under 18 to pose for a photo is a 4-year felony.
Survey: 15 percent of teens get sexual text messages
By Amanda Lenhart. At the same time the level of adoption has been growing, the capacity of these cell phones has also changed dramatically. Many teens now use their phones not just for calling, but also to access the internet and to take and share photos and videos. Texting has become a centerpiece in teen social life, and parents, educators and advocates have grown increasingly concerned about the role of cell phones in the sexual lives of teens and young adults. In particular, over the past year, press coverage and policy discussions have focused on how teens are using or misusing cell phones as part of their sexual interactions and explorations.
Sexting is sending, receiving, or forwarding sexually explicit messages, photographs, or images, primarily between mobile phones, of oneself to others. It may also include the use of a computer or any digital device. The first published use of the term sexting was in a article in the Australian Sunday Telegraph Magazine. Sexting has become more common with the rise in camera phones and smartphones with Internet access, that can be used to send explicit photographs as well as messages.