Sexting has revolutionized the idea of sex by combining it with the most powerful tool we have yet – technology. It has begun to change the way young adults look at sex and has become a new trend. However, it is definitely not something that should be encouraged, no matter how cool or safe people may think it is.
Four out of five college students engage in sexting, according to a University of Rhode Island survey. That’s roughly 80 percent of college students.
What college students don’t realize is that these photos can easily be sent to others without them knowing and without their consistent, no matter how much they trust the initial receiver.
When to the sexting phenomenon, each gender feels differently.
Men are more optimistic about sexting and think good things will happen when they engage in receiving and sending nude photos, according to an Indiana University study.
Female undergrads were more likely to have negative reactions to sexting compared to their male peers, according to Allyson Dir, a doctoral candidate in psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She said it’s probably because it’s more socially acceptable for men to be seen as sexually promiscuous, and sexting has been characterized as somewhat of a risqué behavior.
Females are judged more quickly based on sexual acts and the context of those acts, which is why they are less likely they’d want to participate in sexting. Women seem to become more submissive to the idea of sexting because of peer pressure, which is probably why the majority of women are engaging in this risqué behavior even if they don’t feel comfortable with it.
Single people were also reported to have more negative responses to sexting than those who are in relationships, living together or married, according to a Washington Post article.
“People who are single also may be taking more of a risk when sexting than are people who are in relationships,” Dir said. “Singles may be sexting with people they don’t know as well, meaning the receiver might share the sext without permission, or a single person may be more likely to be rejected after a sext.”
Whether someone is single or in a relationship, sexting is very risky.
If there are any uncomfortable feelings that come up when confronted by someone about sexting, ignore their request or simply just delete it. If they continue with their request, simply tell them it’s uncomfortable and not something you want to do.
Technology aims to improve our lifestyle and make it more convenient. Unfortunately, the disadvantage is always present. There is always pros and cons in everything. Sexting becomes one of the trend that rise up to teenagers and young adults. Sexting is an act of sending explicit messages or photographs between mobile phones.
Sexting has been reported in countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States. This has become a controversial issue after it caught the National headline, when an 18-year-old, Jesse Logan of Cincinnati took her own life after her boyfriend proliferate her picture that she had sent him during their relationship.
In 2008, Survey sponsored by The National Campaign To Prevention and Unplanned Pregnancy shows that 20% of teens ranging from ages 13-19 and about 30% of young adults ranging from ages 20-26 had sent nude or semi-nude photo of themselves electronically. Moreover 39% teens to 59% young adults sent sexually explicit messages.
Technology nowadays are used in a wrong purpose by several teens, I remember once I was accidentally browsing a music channel I saw a young adult whose name I will conceal, she is about 22 years old, It was a bit disappointing to see that she is dancing and touching her private parts, I couldn’t imagine how do this teens and young adult post themselves online. When I carefully examine the situation perhaps they lack attention, and with this they can get attention from people, but the implication is that they show that they are lacking of values. We need to point out to this people the concept of personal value.
Advance technology should not be used to send intrinsically explicit messages, photos or videos. We have a digital responsibility. Sexting is link to child pornography, And we all know a lot of cases was brought in the court due of sending explicit photographs. Charges such as felony obscenity or misdemeanor are filed against this teens and young adults.
To make this even worse, The photographs of this teen and young adults can be spread into the hands of sexual predators, This is a challenge for parents. Anything that entails provocative acts should not be shown publicly. Parents should discuss this to their children. They should aware them of the law of sexting and what can possibly happen if they are caught, so that this teens and young adults wouldn’t practice this shameful act. If you are a parent do not sound so demanding or insisting, just show them that you care and you trust them. Next never take out their privilege to use a cellphone with camera or phone that they can not browse the internet, It will just aggravate the situation instead of doing that tell them that they are responsible enough to know what is right and wrong.
Sexting is defined by the U.S. court system as “an act of sending sexually explicit materials through mobile phones.” The messages may be text, photo, or video.
22 percent of high-school age teens (ages 14 to 17) and 33 percent of college-age students (ages 18 to 24) have been involved in a form of nude sexting.
Sending or receiving a sexually suggestive text or image under the age of 18 is considered child pornography and can result in criminal charges.
Among 14- to 24-year-olds who admit to sexting, 29 percent send these messages to people they have never met, but know from the Internet.
Sending semi-nude or nude photos is more common among teens girls. 22 percent of teen girls report sending images of this nature, while only 18 percent of same-age boys have.
Nearly 40 percent of all teenagers have posted or sent sexually suggestive messages, but this practice is more common among boys than girls.
While nearly 70 percent of teen boys and girls who sext do so with their girlfriend or boyfriend, 61 percent of all sexters who have sent nude images admit that they were pressured to do it at least once.
Who will see your sext? 17 percent of sexters share the messages they receive with others, and 55 percent of those share them with more than one person.