Sexting is a relatively new term describing the cyber exchange of pictures and messages of sexual content. With technology advancing and the constant use of smart phones, it has become easy for one to take, send, and publicize pictures in instants with the mere press of a button. It has become popular among young adults to take nude or semi-nude pictures of themselves and press “send” without considering the dangers and consequences that may follow.
A recent study in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine shows that 20% of teens (ages 13-19) and 33% of young adults (20-26) have shared compromising pictures of themselves via texting or the internet. Sexting is more widespread among young ladies, and according to a survey done in American schools, one third of the 57% of students asked to send a naked picture do.
“Sexting seems to be the new version of ‘You show me yours I’ll show you mine’” says Jeff Temple, leading researcher at the UT Medical Branch, “Most girls have been asked to send a picture, while the same harassment has affected only a few boys.
Why is Sexting a Problem?
A connection between sexting and being sexually active was found when the research proved that boys and girls who take part in sending and receiving pictures of sexual content are more likely of being sexually active than those who do not.
In addition, girls who sext often tend to lead very dangerous and irresponsible sexual lifestyles with many partners and the use of drugs or alcohol before sex, harming themselves both physically and emotionally. Sexting makes teens think that sex is simple and comes with no psychological consequences. Communication through texting and instant messenger is often not sincere and sending a naked photo can be misinterpreted for sexual attraction that the sender might not genuinely feel.
The most important aspect of sexting is the danger and humiliation that it may cause. One picture, shared with just one other person, can easily end up online as pornographic material for any pervert. I’m sure this is not what you intended when you pressed “send”!
Every picture and video shared in this fashion cannot be stopped and will leave a digital print. Before you know it, one momentary lack of good judgment could circulate internationally with uncontrollable results. Your name, dignity, honor, and family will be harmed by comments, not to mention the unpredictable effects that the use of Photoshop can cause.
51% of girls and 18% of teenage boys have reported being blackmailed with the release of their naked pictures on the internet.
Sexting is illegal and punishable for the possession and sharing of child pornography.