Studies

by Carlo Longino


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Shocking: Teens Talk Sex Online

from the well-what-do-you-know? dept

Forty percent of US teens have sent sexually suggestive electronic messages, a new study says, adding that one in five have sent "nude or partially clothed images of themselves" via email or mobile phone -- fulfilling Mike's earlier prediction, following an overblown report about kids getting naked on cameraphones, that we'd soon be warned about this widespread phenomenon. Let's ignore, for a moment, the fact that this was an online survey, so drawing conclusions about how all teens behave from it seems a little shaky -- but hey, it makes a good headline, right? We'll also suspend our disbelief that teens -- who are likely communicating in similar ways, about similar things, offline -- would do this sort of stuff.

As with so many of these reports about kids' online behavior, any sort of positive takeaway here gets buried. In this case, about 80 percent of those surveyed realize that sending these messages or photos online could cause regret later or embarrassment, and three-quarters of them say it can have serious consequences, illustrating that they have a decent understanding of the ramifications of their actions. Doesn't that paint a little more positive picture of teens, that they aren't just leaping blindly into some morass of sketchy behavior and putting themselves at risk? This parallels earlier reports that have found teens do a decent job of looking out for themselves online. It just makes you wonder if maybe giving teens a little more credit and going from there, rather than trying to paint pictures that scare parents and politicians into action, might be a more effective way to protect teens from all these supposed online problems.

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  • identicon
    ehrichweiss, 15 Dec 2008 @ 8:42am

    "Doesn't that paint a little more positive picture of teens, that they aren't just leaping blindly into some morass of sketchy behavior and putting themselves at risk?"

    Not if you factor in teen pregnancy going on the rise.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Dec 2008 @ 8:48am

    teen pregnancy going on the rise because "stupid people" are also on the rise. There is dozens of ways to have sex without worrying about crapping a kid later. condoms, the morning after pill, birth control pills, abortion, etc. These things should be made more welcoming and easier for kids to get a hold of anonymously, put condom dispensers inside bathroom stalls in schools for instance. But no, people clinging to their backwards religions would rather close their eyes and have their spineless retard kids spawn more spineless retards.

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      Chronno S. Trigger, 15 Dec 2008 @ 9:01am

      Re:

      But there is this big rise in idiot parents that refuse to let their children know of such things. In sex-ed, now a days, it's all about abstinence. Safe sex has been removed from the class due to parent fear that it will encourage sex.

      My dad was telling me a story about getting a good looking camera and having the cheerleaders "pose" for him. It's not a modern thing, it's a teenager thing.

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    RPK, 15 Dec 2008 @ 8:54am

    Ummm...

    Teen pregnancy rates have risen from 0.021% to 0.022% from the year 2005 to 2006 (last time data was available). I would hardly call that a rise, and even if it was one year of change certainly does not constitute a trend. Does generate headlines, though!

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      JO, 15 Dec 2008 @ 9:03am

      Re: Ummm...

      Thank you! The fact that teen pregnancy is far lower now then it was before the proliferation of the cell phone/digital camera and the Internet is often left out of the debate.

      "Between 2005 and 2006, the birth rate for girls 15 to 19 rose 3 percent, from 40.5 births per 1,000 in 2005 to 41.9 births per 1,000 in 2006. This comes after 14 years of declining rates. During that time, teen births dropped 34 percent from a peak of 61.8 births per 1,000 in 1991, according to the report."

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Dec 2008 @ 9:03am

    Teens talking sex

    I was outside a McDonalds the other night, listening to a couple of workers chat. One was this little 16 y/o girl talking about how and why she likes older guys.

    I was shocked, appalled, and yet still very interested to hear what she had to say...

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Dec 2008 @ 9:25am

    The problem with your conclusion is that they are still doing it. 80% know it is dumb, but 40% are still doing it.

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    DS, 15 Dec 2008 @ 9:45am

    This thread is useless without pics.

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    eebsnallof, 15 Dec 2008 @ 11:15am

    If abstinence "education" actually prevented pregnancy, the species would be in big trouble.

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    toyotabedzrock, 15 Dec 2008 @ 11:18am

    I believe this study and i think that the number are a little low. With the internet teens are able to for the first time develop there own sense of morality based on a more worldly view, rather than the view of there parents and community. The only thing that worries me is not that they share said pictures but who they share them with, for instance a person online pretending to be there age.

    Also i think this study came about because of a 15yo who was arrested for having child pornography, of herself, on her cell phone. Follow the link for more info.

    http://www.newarkadvocate.com/article/20081008/NEWS01/810080302

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Dec 2008 @ 11:34am

    Carlo and Mike,

    I am constantly amused by some of the comments provided here. While unrelated to blogging, there can be times when a background in horticulture can be useful. Have you found a proper pruning technique yet?

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Dec 2008 @ 11:50am

    we all come here for the comments anyways, it's the humorless sacks of hair that come in from time to time that makes this place boring.

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      Anonymous Coward, 15 Dec 2008 @ 2:01pm

      Re:

      There are comments here? Where are they?

      I've been thinking of sending something mean to people that mean the most to me as a holiday gift. Maybe a big sack of goat or cow hair or something. Ideas?

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    Joe, 15 Dec 2008 @ 1:03pm

    so 1/5 teens send semi sexi pictures...

    and 4/5 know it's not a smart thing to do. At least the math adds up.

    I'm not shocked, nor do i think this is something most parents should worry about. Most likely the parents who should worry are the ones who don't pay attention anyway.

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    Bradley Stewart, 15 Dec 2008 @ 2:44pm

    TEENS DO SILLY THINGS? I'M SHOCKED!

    Well I'm not worried because I know Congress will hold endless hearings on the subject and if these great problem solvers can't get a fix for this shocking behavior I just don't know who can. I can hardly wait to see the rightess indignation on the faces of people like Joe Lieberman brooding and demanding that we must do something about this. I know, they will appoint a Blue Ribbon Commission to write a report on the subject. I certainly can't think of a better way to spend our tax dollars than this. The only thing that worries me is I hope that there is enough room on a dusty old shelf in that room where they send all these reports never to be seen again.

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    Dayamn1994, 15 Dec 2008 @ 8:41pm

    hey

    anyone in the mood for a bj tonight?

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    Dan, 15 Dec 2008 @ 11:33pm

    What? Teens are thinking about sex, and worse yet talk about it amongst themselves? We need immediate legislation to outlaw such selactious behavior. That should fix the problem.

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    ali, 16 Dec 2008 @ 7:31am

    god s curse on u

    sick people,this is your sick culture,way of like,that yu want to send us? yu can go to hell and thake your sick and dirst culture and way of life with u,god s curse on yu,liers,frauds,land grabersoil stealers,USE CONDOMS,AND PLAN B PILL,Syu basterd.

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    Anonymous Coward, 26 Dec 2008 @ 7:42pm

    call me my number is 9025790

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    abdallah, 8 Jan 2009 @ 4:32am

    sex

    I hope to do my good habits

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Feb 2009 @ 4:50pm

    Offf fuck I am so horny !

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    peyton, 13 Feb 2009 @ 10:05pm

    omg

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Feb 2009 @ 10:06pm

    i am aight

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    emily howards, 3 Nov 2009 @ 6:36pm

    sex

    i looove sex and i am only ten

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    pardonsimango, 9 Mar 2010 @ 4:56am

    wuusp dood

    hie

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    alissa, 18 Jul 2010 @ 4:13pm

    do you have sex

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    usha, 3 Aug 2010 @ 6:57am

    sex

    i love having sex, i want to have sex but i cant find anyone to have it with!

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    Mark, 6 Sep 2010 @ 6:10pm

    sex

    hi u guys umm i would like to say i was out in town with my girl friend we were talking and we went past two bins and behind was a hobo having sex with another hobo it was so disgusting.

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    mark, 6 Sep 2010 @ 6:13pm

    toilet

    hi again i was going to stick the rubbish in are bin out side when i opend it a hobbo was having a poo
    i was acaualy sick

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    Anonymous Coward, 5 Apr 2012 @ 11:21pm

    hi

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    sex, 5 Apr 2012 @ 11:22pm

    sex

    hi sex

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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2012 @ 1:48pm

    I want sex but I don't want anyone watching my video I need a guy and I want sex

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    cody, 4 May 2012 @ 3:31pm

    sexyiness

    hey people some people are to sexy if the they want to be sexy just get naked take a picher and post it who whould not like that

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    BRAM, 15 May 2012 @ 6:36pm

    HAVING SEX WITH SEXY GRILS

    HI AM 13 YEARS OLD AND AM LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO COME OVER TO MY HOUSE TO HAVE SEX I LIVE AT 87920 TERRITORIAL RD VENETA OR IF YOU WANT TO COME OVER AND HAVE SEX JUST GO TO THE RED BARN IN THE BACK YARD

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    Savez, 21 Aug 2012 @ 1:08am

    Having sex

    Just come

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    mayra, 25 Apr 2014 @ 11:32am

    sex

    sex

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