Teen Sex and Tech: Sexting, Profeeling and Flirty Chats

Everyone is talking about Sexting now.  We have been talking about it on this blog for the past two years, but we are happy the phenomenon has hit mainstream parent’s ears.  We wanted to post some stats about this trend so parents can know the facts:
Profeeling: expressing ones sexuality or sexyness through their profile picture

(These are from the study: “Sex and Tech: Results from a Survey of Teens and Young Adults”)

How many young adults are sending or posting nude or semi-nude images of themselves?
33% of young adults overall
36% of young adult women
31% of young adult men

How many teens say they have sent/posted nude or semi-nude pictures or video of themselves?
20% of teens overall
22% of teen girls
18% of teen boys
11% of young teen girls (ages 13-16)

Sexually suggestive messages (text, email, IM) are even more prevalent than sexually suggestive images. How many teens are sending or posting sexually suggestive messages?
39% of all teens
37% of teen girls
40% of teen boys
48% of teens say they have received such messages

How many young adults are sending or posting sexually suggestive messages?
59% of all young adults
56% of young adult women
62% of young adult men

64% of young adults say they have received such messages

71% of teen girls and 67% of teen guys who have sent
or posted sexually suggestive content say they have
sent/posted this content to a boyfriend/girlfriend.
21% of teen girls and 39% of teen boys say they have
sent such content to someone they wanted to date or
hook up with.

15% of teens who have sent or posted nude/semi-
nude images of themselves say they have done so to
someone they only knew online.

83% of young adult women and 75% of young adult
men who have sent sexually suggestive content say
they have sent/posted such material to a boyfriend/
girlfriend.

21% of young adult women and 30% of young adult
men who have sent/posted sexually suggestive con-
tent have done so to someone they wanted to date or
hook up with.

15% of young adult women and 23% of young adult
men who have sent sexually suggestive material say
they have done so to someone they only knew online.

How common is it to share sexy messages and images  with
those other than the intended recipient?

44% of both teen girls and teen boys say it is com-
mon for sexually suggestive text messages to get
shared with people other than the intended recipi-
ent.
36% of teen girls and 39% of teen boys say it is com-
mon for nude or semi-nude photos to get shared
with people other than the intended recipient.
44% of young adult women and 50% of young adult
men say it is common for sexually suggestive text
messages to get shared with people other than the
intended recipient.
48% of young adult women and 46% of young adult
men say it is common for nude or semi-nude photos
to get shared with people other than the intended
recipient.

Does sending sexually suggestive text and images affect what
happens in real life?

22% of teens and 28% of young adults say they are
personally more forward and aggressive using sexu-
ally suggestive words and images than they are in
“real life.”
38% of teens and 40% of young adults say exchang-
ing sexually suggestive content makes dating or
hooking up with others more likely.
29% of teens and 24% of young adults believe those
exchanging sexually suggestive content are “expect-
ed” to date or hook up.

How do teens and young adults feel about sending/posting
sexually suggestive content?

75% of teens and 71% of young adults say sending
sexually suggestive content “can have serious nega-
tive consequences.”
yet, 39% of teens and 59% of young adults have sent
or posted sexually suggestive emails or text messag-
es—and 20% of teens and 33% of young adults have
sent/posted nude or semi-nude images of them-
selves.

How many teens and young adults say they have been shown
nude/semi-nude content originally meant for someone else?

38% of teen girls and 39% of teen boys say they have
had sexually suggestive text messages or emails—
originally meant for someone else—shared with
them.
25% of teen girls and 33% of teen boys say they have
had nude or semi-nude images—originally meant
for someone else—shared with them.
37% of young adult women and 47% of young adult
men have had sexually suggestive text messages or
emails—intended for someone else—shared with
them.
24% of young adult women and 40% of young adult
men say they have had nude or semi-nude images—
originally meant for someone else—shared with
them.

Why do teens and young adults send or post sexually sugges-
tive content?

51% of teen girls say pressure from a guy is a reason
girls send sexy messages or images; only 18% of
teen boys cited pressure from female counterparts
as a reason.
23% of teen girls and 24% of teen boys say they were
pressured by friends to send or post sexual content.Talk to your kids about what they are doing in cyber-
space.

Among teens who have sent sexually suggestive content:
66% of teen girls and 60% of teen boys say they did
so to be “fun or flirtatious”— their most common
reason for sending sexy content.
52% of teen girls did so as a “sexy present” for their
boyfriend.
44% of both teen girls and teen boys say they sent
sexually suggestive messages or images in response
to such content they received.
40% of teen girls said they sent sexually suggestive
messages or images as “a joke.”
34% of teen girls say they sent/posted sexually sug-
gestive content to “feel sexy.”
12% of teen girls felt “pressured” to send sexually
suggestive messages or images.the potential short-term and long-term consequences of
their actions.

From: “Sex and Tech Survey”

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