A new study reveals that nearly 30 percent of U.S. teenagers are sexting, with one in four having sent a nude image of him- or herself via email or test message. The study of 948 students aged 15 to 19, published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, suggested that sexting was more common than previously thought.
The study also found that more than half of the teens had been asked to send a naked photo electronically, while 31 percent had requested a naked picture from someone. And 28 percent of teens who exchanged nude messages were more likely to have sex, according to the study.
Of girls who had sent a nude message, more than 77 percent reported having had sex, compared with 42 percent of those who had never sent a naked photo. For boys, the numbers were 82 percent and 45 percent.