Archive | December, 2010

Beware of Sexting

6 Dec

The links section on the sidebar contains interesting blogs and articles about sexting to add to our own research. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy conducted a survey in 2008 among over 1,000 teens and young adults about “sex and tech.” They found that 20% of teens overall say they have sent/posted nude or semi-nude pictures or video of themselves, among many other statistics. Continue reading


Appropriate or Should It Be Banned?

5 Dec

Though it would be an extreme measure to ban/outlaw sexting, we wanted to see what people thought about how appropriate it was to engage in sexting.

The five most relevant responses were as followed:
1) Appropriate, but people engaging need to be aware of potential consequences

2) Totes Appropes

3) It is a freedom of speech. No outlaw is necessary

4) I believe sending images is stupid, because they can easily be distributed

5) Eh. I don’t think it’s anyone’s business what others do. As long as both parties are cool with it and there isn’t any sort of age issue than do whatever you want.

Why, why, why?!

4 Dec

People always have interesting reasoning when it comes to answering why they do/decide their actions, and these survey answers are no exception. With new media outlets at every average American citizen’s disposal, the reasoning behind why they are comfortable displaying their sexual desires to someone that could or could not leak them to the public range from obvious answers to eccentric answers. Here are the top ten personal whys:
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Male v. Female, the Age Old Question

4 Dec

When asked who engages in sexting more the options were female, male, or both equally. The percentages and comments varied. With many of the comments, the surveyor’s gender and bias stood out just through their words and stereotypes. One comment on the reason the surveyor said women engaged in it more reasoning that it was because they were emotional and don’t think about the legal stuff or that the person they sent it to will post in on the internet.
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Who’s On the Other End of That Line?

3 Dec

Of those of you that do engage in sexting, when considering who really was on the other line, surveyors said:

82.4%- Significant other
9.4%- Stranger from a bar
32.9%- Someone you want to date
10.6%- Someone you would never act on with


3 Dec

If your phone buzzed and the text you opened said “send me a pic ;)” or “i wanna do naughty things with you tonight”…how would you respond? There are quite a few people that would dismiss the “sext” but others that would be completely fine with responding with what is asked of them. So before this happens to you and you’re caught a bit off guard…think about it right now. How would you respond?!


Shame On Minors, There Is a Thing Called the Law

2 Dec

Something we did not know as a group, was how serious the legal ramifications were for minors who engaged in sexting. In this article, we learned that kids under 18 had to endure such embarrassments as being put on child pedophile list that anyone can see and that will stick with them forever. We decided to let our surveyors know about this, and were impressed that 75% were aware that such legal ramifications already existed.

In the article found on Gadgetwise, a 2009 survey was produced where the conclusion came to be that one in five teens may be child pornographers risking life in prison. Whether they were distributing pictures of themselves does not come into the equation in the eyes of the law. Blaming sexual hormones and our obvious modern love of electronic sharing, ┬áthe law has not decided to change anytime soon. With this kind of potential for disastrous results, it is scary for the kids that are so used to sharing everyhting on Facebook, that one naked picture couldn’t hurt. But really, as a seventy year old lady that has to register for the child pedophile list, for something she did when she was fifteen, is a testament to the serious repercussions.