Date: March 01, 2018
“… a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics finally gives us a clearer picture of what’s happening. A team led by researchers from the University of Calgary performed a meta-analysis of past major studies on sexting, and the group concluded that about 1 in 7 people under the age of 18 have sent a sext, and about an entire quarter of the teen population has received one. It also notes that about 1 in 8 report sharing a sext without the sender’s consent or having their own sext shared without consent.
“A sizable number of teens are engaging in sexting,” Sheri Madigan, an assistant professor of child development psychology at the University of Calgary and lead author on the study, tells Mother Jones. “It is becoming a normative component of teen sexual behavior and development.”
Their analysis surveyed 39 independent studies conducted between 2009 and 2016, which in total include more than 110,000 participants.
In addition to pinpointing its prevalence among teens, the team found that sexting has, unsurprisingly, become more frequent in recent years and that older teens are more likely to sext than younger ones. Beginning in 2009, the number of teens who have sent a sext has increased by an average of 2.6 percent each year—and with each year a kid ages (between 12 and 17), the popularity of sending a sext increases, on average, by 3.7 percent, according to data Madigan shared with Mother Jones.”
“Digital sexuality”?…I like that.
I agree with this article…this should be part of sex education.
…And forty percent of all teens are sexually active, is believable…It’s likely way higher, if you include private masturbation.
It seems the worst problem with sexting culture, is one of privacy respect.
…It also appears that many of these teens are so enthusiastic about sending a sext, that they don’t bother getting the recipients consent prior to the sext…
…a clear sign of people starving for sexual attention, if you ask me.