Study shows one in four US teens have received a 'sext'

Long Lunch 06/03/2018

A study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that a quarter of US teenagers have received 'sexts'.

And the numbers appear to be growing. About 15 percent of the study’s participants said they’d sent a ‘sext’.

“Sexting” is typically defined as exchanging sexually explicit messages, images and/or videos.  

It seems to be a murking phenomenon that kids are doing.

The study consisted of a meta-analysis of 39 existing studies involving 110,380 participants ages 12 to 18.

The study's co-author Dr Jeff Temple told Wendyl that 'sexting' would’ve occurred 100 years ago if the smartphones had been invented then. 

Dr Temple, who has two teenage children, admits it's likely that both of his children will end up 'sexting' in a consensual situation.

He said that according to the research, there is no evidence that consensual ‘sexting’ causes psychological harm.

But he does have concerns about adults coercing teens to send non-consensual 'sexts' to them. 

He says it's important that all sex education should include 'digital citizenship' and promoting healthy relationships.

Listen to the full interview with Dr Jeff Temple above. 

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