Sexting leads to risky behavior in adolescents. The practice of sexting leads to risky sexual behavior among adolescents and has detrimental effects on their mental health. The sexting is to send via his smartphone or computer messages, photos or videos with sexual connotations.
Anxiety and depression
The researchers synthesized twenty-three studies including 41,723 participants aged between 12 and 17, men and women combined. This digitization of sex exchanges has led these teens to have multiple sexual partners, to dispense with contraception, to consume cigarettes, alcohol or drugs. It also increases the risk of suffering from anxiety or depression .
The more sexting is practiced young, the more dangerous it is. “Sexting is one of the developments in our modern technological age, and treating it in a punitive way may not be the most effective way to get young people interested in it,” says Camille Mori, a psychology researcher at the University of Toronto. University of Calgary is behind the research.
“In the future, education campaigns should aim to provide young people with comprehensive information about sexting and digital citizenship,” the researchers said. 60% of British teens between 13 and 18 say they have been asked for a picture of them naked, 40% say they have already taken a nude picture and 15% of those who took this kind of shot have already sent to strangers. One in seven people have already seen a picture or an intimate video belonging to him be shared on the Internet without his knowledge.
“The notion of privacy is a concept that is constantly evolving over time and depending on the social context in which it is being studied.Today, we are witnessing a real ‘paradox of privacy’ with a side an awareness of what is intimacy and the other technological uses that seem contradictory, “says Boris Charpentier.