Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

12/26/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Explicit photos sent over Smartphones puts many girls at risk for illicit sex

"Sexting," the sending of explicit nude photos and sexual messages through Smartphones is as prevalent as ever among the nation's teenagers. A new study has found that teenagers who engage in these practices, especially young girls, put them in danger of engaging in risky sexual behavior.

Sexting remains a fairly common practice among today's youth. Many believe that the practice is not harmless. Another recent survey has linked teen sexting to depression and other forms of psychological distress.

Sexting remains a fairly common practice among today's youth. Many believe that the practice is not harmless. Another recent survey has linked teen sexting to depression and other forms of psychological distress.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/26/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Marriage & Family

Keywords: Sexting, teenagers, explicit photos, teenage sex


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The three-year study into teenagers' sexting habits yielded interesting findings about these teens' sexual behavior. "Teen Sexting and Its Association With Sexual Behaviors," as published in July's issue of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, examined 1,000 subjects, aged 14 to 19 years of age. These subjects were from seven public high schools in Texas.

Researchers found that 28 percent of the teens said that they have sent a nude picture of themselves via text or email. Fifty-seven percent said that they have been asked to send nude photos.

In regards to "sexts" - sexually explicit text messages,  there wasn't much of a statistical difference between boys and girls. There was a significant gender discrepancy when it came to how those sexting practices affected their other sexual decisions.

It was found that teen girls who engaged in sexting behaviors also had a higher prevalence of risky sex behaviors, including multiple partners and using drugs or alcohol before sex. Researchers concluded that the use of sexting behaviors coincides with a much higher engagement in risky sex behaviors.

Teenage boys, on the other hand, for whom only having been asked for a sext was related to risky sex behaviors. Sexting, like actual sexual behaviors, is perceived more permissively and positively for boys, and thus not considered a risky behavior. In conclusion, it was less likely to be associated with other risky behaviors.

Girls also reported being "bothered" by requests for nude photos more than boys - by a margin of 27 percent to three percent. Most teenage boys, it was learned, either didn't mind or actually liked receiving such a request.

There is also a racial disparity as in who was sending and receiving sexts. Whites and African Americans were found to be far more likely to be engaging in this behavior than Hispanics or Asians.

Sexting remains a fairly common practice among today's youth. Many believe that the practice is not harmless. Another recent survey has linked teen sexting to depression and other forms of psychological distress.

Whatever the position people take on this practice, experts agree that parents must include the topic whenever discussing sex with their teenage children.



---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2016
Universal:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Marriage & Family

Is Valentine's Day...? (Take the quick survey!)

Image of How do you celebrate Valentine's Day?

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

How do you celebrate Valentine's Day? Catholic Online would like to invite you to take our short Valentine's survey. Sharing your opinion will help us serve you better, and give you influence over the kind of content we produce. Catholic Online is here to serve you. ... continue reading


Premature baby declared dead wakes minutes before being cremated Watch

Image of An An was declared dead only a few days after he was born - but was discovered very much alive before he was cremated (CEN).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

An An was a premature child born in Jinhua, China on January 8. Sadly, the boy was declared dead less than one month later. He was kept in the morgue, where it remained a frigid 10.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Moments before An An's cremation, staff realized he was alive. LOS ... continue reading


'What We Did When Mummy Got Cancer': Mother's heartbreaking discovery and the emotional way she told her children Watch

Image of Katherine Simpson-Jacobs wrote a children's book to explain what cancer is in a way young minds can understand (Katherine Simpson-Jacobs).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

When Katherine Simpson-Jacobs realized she had breast cancer, she had no idea how to tell her daughters. After several weeks of worry, she realized she wanted to write "What We Did When Mummy Got Cancer," a child's book to explain what cancer is and how to treat the ... continue reading


4 Ways to pray when your spouse struggles Watch

Image of Praying for and with our spouses is the best way to include God into the relationship (iStock).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Perhaps your relationship is struggling because one of you is involved in less than Godly activities, struggles with addiction, is experiencing emotional turmoil or perhaps struggling with their faith. What does the Bible say we should do when our spouse struggles? LOS ... continue reading


'We're family now': Bittersweet moment a mother hears her son's beating heart in a little gir's chest Watch

Image of Little Jordan received Lukas heart and has since been a care-free bundle of energy (Justice for Lukas Scot).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

After losing her 7-month-old son, Lukas, Heather Clark was able to hear his heart beating once again - from the chest of a 4-year-old girl. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In a heartbreaking tale, Clark's son, Lukas, fell prey to his babysitter's abusive boyfriend ... continue reading


Making a Difference - Abortion: out of sight, out of mind Watch

Image of

By Tony Magliano

Due to the blizzard that hit the mid-Atlantic, my bus never made it to the 43rd March for Life in Washington, D.C. But thousands of others were able to brave the snow and wind to witness to the dignity of unborn human life, and to protest the gravely immoral practice ... continue reading


'One of the meanest things I've ever seen in my life': One man's heartbreaking plea goes viral Watch

Image of Alan Beamer suffers the effects of Alzheimer's and begs his friends and family to talk to him normally (Mary Beth Alan Beamer/Facebook).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

In a heartbreaking video that Mary Beth Beamer posted to Facebook, her husband, Alan Beamer, begs for his friends and family to visit like they used to. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The four-minute video was posted on January third and received nearly 10,000 ... continue reading


Child abandoned in church Nativity reunites with biological family 44-years later Watch

Image of The Manger Baby was reunited with his biological family after waiting 44 years (ABC 13).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

DJ Williams was discovered abandoned in the St. Anne Catholic Church's nativity scene in 1971. Now, 44-years-later, he has been reunited with the siblings he never knew he had. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Two women found newborn Williams in the manger of the ... continue reading


You'll need to look twice to believe what Barbie is doing now! It's about time Mattel Watch

Image of Mattel releases diversified dolls (Mattel).

By Monique Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Mattel finally offers a diverse assortment of dolls that includes three new body types, seven skin tones, 22 eye colors, 24 hairstyles and hundreds of outfits and accessories. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - It seems Mattel has finally opened its eyes and has ... continue reading


'I can breathe again and talk': Emotional words from teen who wakes from surgery will leave you in tears Watch

Image of Trevor Sullivan woke from receiving a heart transplant and his words touched the world (Trevor Sullivan/Facebook).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Nearly a year after 15-year-old Trevor Sullivan was diagnosed with a serious medical condition, he received a gift that forever changed his quality of life. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - When Trevor was 14-years-old, he learned he was suffering from heart ... continue reading


All Marriage & Family News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Is Valentine's Day...? (Take the quick survey!)
  • Take this thought provoking Stations of the Cross survey
  • St. Paschal: Saint of the Day for Thursday, February 11, 2016
  • Stations of the Cross - Fourth Station: Jesus meets his mother HD Video
  • Can you answer these four challenging questions about Lent?
  • Palm Sunday HD Video
  • Daily Readings for Thursday, February 11, 2016

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Joel 2:12-18
12 'But now -- declares Yahweh- come back to me with all your heart, ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17
3 For I am well aware of my offences, my sin is constantly in ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
1 'Be careful not to parade your uprightness in public to attract ... Read More

Reading 2, Second Corinthians 5:20--6:2
20 So we are ambassadors for Christ; it is as though God were urging you ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 10th, 2016 Image

St. Scholastica
February 10: St. Scholastica, sister of St. Benedict, ... Read More