One in four teenagers 'send sexual text messages'
Negative consequences such as blackmail doesn't seem to deter the 26pc of teenagers who send naked photos and sexual texts, a report finds.
One in four teenagers have sent sexually explicit text messages and are undeterred by the possible consequences, a study has found.
A study of 500 teenagers aged between 15 and 18 years old founded that 26 per cent had “sexted”, sending either a sexual message or naked photo, in the previous two months, and were not influenced by teachers or parents trying to stop them.
The teenagers revealed that they sent the messages for attention and as a form of flirting, to try and find a romantic partner. They also believed that sending so-called sexts would lower the chance of catching a sexually transmitted disease.
The study said consequences such as “getting a bad reputation or being blackmailed” did not seem to influence teenagers’ actions.
The paper, published in the Behaviour and Information Technology journal, showed that friends and lovers were the main source of pressure on teenagers to send sexts.
The authors wrote: “According to our study, the belief that parents monitoring their children's mobile devices would impede adolescents from sexting, does not lead to a significant change in their intention to sext.”
The paper also found that girls are less likely to want to sext than boys, but feel they’re under more pressure to do so.
Adolescents said they would be less likely to sext if they did not trust recipient, or if they thought the other person would show the message to others.
The study comes after a survey by the NSPCC showed sexting is now common among adolescents, with 40 per cent of young people admitting to creating sexual images and videos of themselves.