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19.7.12

Sexting is just another normal, healthy component of modern dating for young adults in the era of instant multimedia communication, according to a new study.


The now common practice of sending sexually explicit photos or messages through phones is not associated with sexually risky behaviour of psychological problems, researchers have found.

The findings contradict the public perception of sexting, which is often regarded as unsavoury, deviant or even criminal behaviour.

University of Michigan researchers looked at the sexting behavior of 3,447 men and women ages 18-24 in the first study to connect sexting with a behavioural outcome.


Previous studies on sexting have focused on demographics - in other words, who is doing the sexting, not how sexting impacts the health of the participants.The researchers found that nearly half of the study respondents participated in sexting.

Most people who reported receiving sexts also reported sending them, which suggests that sexting is reciprocal and likely happens between romantic partners.
The researchers asked study participants about the number of sexual partners with whom they have had unprotected sex.

The participants who sexted did not report riskier sexual behavior than those who didn't. Nor did they report more depression, anxiety or low self-esteem, said study co-author Jose Bauermeister.

The negative perception of sexting is mostly drawn from stories involving pre-teens and teenagers, but the University of Michigan study group was considerably older, said co-author Debbie Gordon-Messer.


'For younger age groups, legality is an issue,' she said. 'They are also in a very different place in their sexual development.' 
Professor Bauermeister said the sexting research is a very important piece of understanding how technology impacts sexuality and health.'We have to keep paying attention to how technology influences our lives, including our sexuality and our sexual behaviour,' he said.The paper will appear in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Adolescent Health.

A worrying 88 per cent of home made pornography ends up for public view on the internet, it has been revealed.

Video and still images, usually made by couples under the strict understanding it is for their eyes only, are available online without the owners’ knowledge. The study by Britain’s Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) analyzed more than 12,000 explicit images uploaded by young people and found that the great majority had been stolen.

 The material is gathered from a range of sources including lost or stolen cellphones, hacked private accounts on sites such as Photobucket, Flickr, or Facebook. Teenagers who engaged in 'sexting' were also more likely to have sex.

Researchers claim that 'sexting' via email or text has become a modern version of 'You show me mine, I'll show me yours.'

The study taken earlier this year questioned 1,000 students at seven schools in southeast Texas.
It found that 28 per cent of adolescents have sent a nude pictures of themselves through electronic means; more than half (57 per cent) have been asked to send a nude picture; and about one-third (31 per cent) have asked for a nude picture to be sent to them.

These rates are substantially higher than recently published peer-reviewed data suggesting that only a little more than one percent of teens had sent naked pictures.

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