Sexting Among Teenagers

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The journal article ‘Sexting among Teenagers in the United States: A Retrospective Analysis’ by Martinez-Prather & Vandiver (2014) gave an overview of the sexting behavior among young people in the U.S. This behavior has attracted major attention because of the social issues that surrounds it. With the use of technology, more and more young people can communicate better and faster using cellphones. Most of these cell phones are used for sexting ‘a combination of sex and text’ and are done in unsupervised settings. As a result, there is a need for concern among parents, healthcare professionals, educators and law enforcement. Martinez-Prather & Vandiver (2014) gave an accurate description of the title of the article. They stated who the study…show more content…
In this definition, the words suggestive images and messages can be open to so many interpretations that it may not generate the accurate information the researchers hope to achieve. They highlighted that the current phenomenon should be of concern to parents, healthcare professionals, educators, and law enforcement; since, there are negative consequences associated with sexting. In addition, the researchers mentioned that, these teenagers do not have the same capacity as adults to make rational choices before engaging in risky behaviors. Such a statement can be true; however, are they making a general statement that infer teenagers do not make rational decisions as adults? This is a harsh statement, which I think should be reconsidered, since there are teenagers that make rational decisions just as adults…show more content…
Data was obtained from the University’s Registrar office, from a sample of 4152 university freshmen. 800 male and 800 female students were chosen between the ages of 18 and 19 years. An email was sent to these students asking their participation and explaining the purpose of the study. 413 responded, 35 of those respondents did not complete the survey and they were therefore eliminated. Most of the respondents were females (68.3%) compared to males (31.7%) and White/ Caucasian (54.8%) and Hispanic/Latino (29.4%)
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