Are your teenagers sexting? Research shows that a third of them are... 5 years ago

Are your teenagers sexting? Research shows that a third of them are...

Thirty per cent of teenagers regularly ‘sext’ and send nude photographs through email and text, an American study has revealed.

Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch found that half of teenagers have been asked to send a nude photograph to another while over a third have requested a naked picture to be sent to them.

Dr Jeff Temple, Assistant Director of Obstetrics And Gynecology who lead the study said teens that are sending each other sexual content are likely to be involved in a sexual relationship.

“Sexting is a prevalent behavior among teens and it may be a fairly reliable indicator of actual sexual behavior,” he said.

According to ABC, the teenagers who took part in the study were boys and girls aged from 14 to 19. Fifteen and 16 year olds were proven to be the most active ‘sexters’.

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The study found that teenage girls who regularly send and receive provocative texts are more likely to be involved with multiple partners and take alcohol or drugs before sexual activity.