December 29, 2009

“Sext” Senders

17%

17% of teens who pay for all of the costs associated with their cell phones send sexually suggestive images via text.

Teens who pay their own phone bills are more likely to send “sexts”: 17% of teens who pay for all of the costs associated with their cell phones send sexually suggestive images via text compared with only 3% of those who do not pay for, or pay for only a portion of the cost of the cell phone, a nationally representative survey finds. Focus groups conducted by Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project also revealed that there are three main scenarios for sexting: 1) exchange of images solely between two romantic partners; 2) exchanges between partners that are shared with others outside the relationship and 3) exchanges between people who are not yet in a relationship, but where at least one person hopes to be. Read More