Although it’s hard for us to believe it, even if it’s something that seems “irresponsible” to us, the sending of intimate photos is a reality . The ephemeral messaging applications, such as Snapchat or the private messages of Instagram, which promise the self-destruction of the photos and videos sent through them, have fostered in one way or another what it is known as ” sexting ” . This practice seems to be increasingly popular, so it is normal that a certain interest in the scientific community has been awakened .
There are already several studies that claim that the sending of intimate / erotic photos is increasing and that every time you start sooner. This is so one in seven under 18 has sent content of this nature , and one in four has received it, although perhaps the most worrying fact is that the number of young people between 10 and 12 years old who practice sexting is increasing . The problem is that the latter “They do not do so much because of a sexual issue but rather as a form of mischief, for attention or boredom” , just like it states Jorge Flores, founder of Pantallas Amigas.
We arrive thus at the origin of this article, and that is that a recent study carried out in Sweden has examined the experiences of sexting among adolescents , extracting some interesting conclusions. The investigation was carried out with a sample of 1,653 Swedish teenagers (half men and half women) between 12 and 16 years old, who completed a questionnaire on trends of sending and receiving sensitive material between couples, friends and colleagues, friends on-line and strangers.
Source: Sexting among adolescents: A nuanced and gendered online challenge for young people (Buren, J., 2018)
According to the study, Sexting is more common in romantic couples . 24.8% of the boys and 22.2% of the girls have received messages of this type from their partner, while 14% and 16%, respectively, affirm having sent them. It is important to note that, although it is a more common practice in the 15-16 age group, the number of young people between 12 and 14 is not low : a 16.8% of the boys and 11.3% of the girls have received sensitive material, while “only” 9.5% and 5.3% have sent it. Remember that these data refer to romantic couples.
A fact that draws attention is that the percentage of young people who have received sensitive material is superior in friends than in sentimental couples (2.6 points in boys, 3.9 points in girls). More interesting – and worrying at the same time – is the data of strangers. 2 out of 10 children have received sexts of strangers, figure that increases to 3 out of 10 girls . The percentage is significantly lower in shipments. “Only” 8.7% of boys and 7.9% of girls have sent content to strangers.
Although in the table above you have all the data of the study, I would like to point out how high the figures are in young people between 12 and 14 years old. This shows that our children are not aware of the risks involved in the Internet and social networks, and that, in a certain sense, they feel protected by having a private account, a system of “erasure in 24 hours” and a screen between them and your interlocutor Maybe we should investigate and educate the little ones , educating them in the responsible use of technology and the tools that are made available to them.
In conclusion, highlight some interesting points to retain:
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