15% of Teens 'Sexting' on Cells, Study Says

Publication: San Francisco Chronicle

Author: Benny Evangelista

12/16/2009 - About 15 percent of American teenagers have received nude or sexually suggestive photos on their cell phones, and that percentage doubles as teens get older, according to a study released Tuesday about the tech-fueled trend called "sexting."

Boys are as likely as girls to send sexts, while teens who pay for their own cell phone bills are more likely to text salacious shots, according to the study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project of Washington.

The study does show the vast majority of teens aren't sexting, with 4 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds admitting to sexting photos or videos of themselves.

But researchers said the study still indicates sexting, which could lead to other problems such as cyber bullying, has become part of the fabric of modern teenage life.

"Kids have experience with it," said Amanda Lenhart, a Pew research specialist. "It's something they have to deal with and talk about in their lives."

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