A study, based on a 2011 survey, harped on the dangers of teenagers who are prone to participating in exchanging sexually explicit messages or lewd images to their peers and are more prone to participating in the act more than those who don’t participate in those activities.
Pediatrics did a survey on Los Angeles teens and found out that one out of seven individuals with a cellphone has sent these types of messages or images.
According Eric Rice, a social network researcher from University of Southern California in Los Angeles, “What we really wanted to know is, is there a link between sexting and taking risks with your body? And the answer is a pretty resounding ‘yes’.”
In Houston on the other hand, a survey showed that one out of every four teens have sent a naked photo of themselves via text or email.
The Pediatrics study surveyed 1,839 high school students from Los Angeles.
According to Rice, the reason why there are higher teen sexting rates in Houston is due to their demographic differences.
According to The University of Texas medical Branch in Galveston psychologist Jeff Temple, “Sexting appears to be a reflection or an indication of actual sexual behavior.”
“What they’re doing in their offline lives is what they’re doing in their online lives,” he added.
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