A new study has found that teen sexting is not as common as many of us think.
It’s been commonly thought that a large number of teenage girls transmit sexually explicit images of themselves via cell phone or through the Internet. Some studies have suggested as many as 20% of teen girls have transmitted sexually suggestive or even explicit photos of themselves to other teens. But those numbers appear to be discredited by this new study.
The new study, published in the academic journal Pediatrics, discovered that about 1% of children between the ages of 10 to 17 had sent sexually suggestive images over the past year. The study is one of the largest ever done on this topic, and included confidential telephone interviews with 1560 teens.
The Huffington Post delved further into the study and found that the percentage of those sexting increased with age. By the ages of 16 to 17, 5% of teens said they had taken or appeared in nude or nearly nude photos. However, the definition that researchers provided for ‘nude or nearly nude’ is pretty wide. They said it included “underwear or bathing suits, sexy poses with clothes on and pictures focused on clothed genitals.”