The term sexting is a combination of two words sex and texting and means sending sexual photos electronically. Sexting seem like fun and games in the beginning, but it can take its toll. Sexting has many negative consequences that people have yet to realize. Sexting gives teenagers the feeling of acceptance and a chance to be popular by gaining attention. What they fail to realize is the attention they are receiving is negative and it affects their reputation. However, sexting has destroyed lives and has caused emotional distress to many teenagers recently.
A social danger with sexting is that material can be very easily and widely spread out, over which the originator has no control. Research by the Internet Watch Foundation in 2012, estimated that 88% of selfmade explicit images are "stolen" from their original upload location, typically social networks, and made available on other websites, in particular porn sites collecting sexual images of children and young people.
There is a risk of severe depression for sexters who lose control of their images and videos. The photos can also be used as blackmail, or sent to friends after a nasty breakup or even while still in a relationship. In a study conducted by Drouin analyzing sexting behaviours among teenageres, it was found that boys would show the photos of their girlfriends to their friends. With sexting, one can forward a photo in a matter of seconds.
For teens, sexting can be an experimental phase for those who are yet to be sexually active, and for those who are hoping to start dating someone. In a 2013 study by Drouin it was found that sexting is also associated with attachment styles, as those with attachment avoidance are more likely to engage in sexting behaviours, just as these people are also more likely to have in casual sex. So, instead of increasing intimacy in these types of relationships, sexting may act as a medium for more ...
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