Sexting Linked to Promiscuity

‘Sexting’, that is texting where the subject is sex, goes with risky sexual behavior among teenagers according to a new study, published in the journal Pediatrics. 1 in every 7 teens in LA has used their cell phone to send and receive sexually explicit messages. The study also revealed the link between sexting and sex when unprotected by a condom or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The study set out with the objective to discover if a link existed and the outcome was a very definite yes.

Sociologists at the University of Southern California asked probing questions of almost 2000 young people of high school age and found the same thing happening there, as with young people in an earlier study among Houston teens. Almost one in three, of the Texan teens, owned up to sexting or emailing photos of themselves naked and that these youngsters were far more likely to be engaging in unprotected sex.

The message to concerned parents is that sexting is something to be talked over with the teens and that perhaps any high-profile publicised celebrity case of sexting is the catalyst that could start these cautionary conversations. When politicians or movie stars are exposed in the media take the opportunity to talk with children about sex and the vital necessity of protection for sexual health. Mobile phone sex may well be an easier way into those important discussions and teachings about sex than the bald..’OK let’s talk about sex’.

It is a regrettable fact that our children are exposed all day long to a barrage of sexual objects and, imagery and content. In the postmodern wired world of our children, sex gets attention and makes sales. The fundamental problem is that sex is thrown at them in very superficial and unrealistic ways. All too often it is experienced without joy and intimacy and almost always without critical thinking. So how does all this affect our kids behavior?

Last years’ biannual ‘Youth Risk Behavior Survey’, sponsored and published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC informs us all that 47% of young people of high school age have had full sex. The trend is downward since the ‘91 peak of 54%. By the time teenagers reach 19 70% of Americans are no longer virgins, this is an established statistic from the Guttmacher Institute, a panel of experts in socio-sexual and reproductive matter.

[box type=”important”]There are two really worrying aspects to the sex lives of our young people. First there are way too many teen pregnancies; 68 in 1000 women in the age range 15 to 19. This is coming down slowly but is still very high in World comparison terms. Secondly there is too much unprotected sex going on. We know this because 15 to 24 year olds are just a quarter of the sexually active population yet they have half of the new cases each year of sexually transmitted diseases, STDs. In total there are almost 19 million new diagnoses of STD each year in America.[/box]


Claire Al-Aufi

Claire Al-Aufi is a contributing author for Hive Health Media who provides updates on health and fitness news.

One thought on “Sexting Linked to Promiscuity

  • January 12, 2013 at 4:25 am

    Now who would have ever guessed that those who engage in “sexting” are more likely to be promiscuous? Where’s Captain Obvious when you need him?


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