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Let’s talk about sexting
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We learned that teenagers who ‘sext’ - or send sexually explicit text messages - are more likely to be sexually active.
Researchers at the University of Southern California analyzed a survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of more than 1,800 Los Angeles-area high school teens. The data looked specifically at the prevalence of risky behaviors in youth and their consequences such as sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy.
According to the results, about 15 percent of adolescents surveyed who had a cell phone said that they had sexted, and more than 50 percent of responders said they knew someone who had sent a sext. The teens who said that they themselves sexted were seven times more likely to be sexually active and two times more likely to have unprotected sex.