Report: Teenagers who engage in “sexting” have more sex. Hmmmm….

Did you know that more than half of American teens have been asked to send a “sext.”  This information is from nearly 1000 high school students.

Sexting is sending explicit electronic messages.  In all, 28% of the teens reported sending photos of themselves naked via text or email.  31% reported asking others to send a sext.  More boys than girls ask someone to sext them.  More girls than boys report having been asked to sext.

Those who send sext messages are more likely to be engaging in sex.  82% of boys who sext are engaging in sex compared to 77% of girls.

I discuss this issue with my teenaged patients.  What is sent by email/text may go where the sender does not intend. “Go viral” or “go to future employer”– Don’t both of these sound frightening?

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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