‘Sexting’ Linked to Sex in Middle School

Health News / Tips & Trends / Celebrity Health

By Randy Dotinga
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, June 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Middle school students who send sexually explicit text messages and photos to one another are more likely to have sex than those who don’t “sext,” a new study finds.

A survey of young teens in Los Angeles found that 40 percent who’d sent explicit messages or photos said they’d been sexually active compared to just 5 percent of other kids with cellphones that could display text messages.

“The surprise is that for younger kids — 11- to 13-year-olds — sexting is not an alternative to real-life sexual activity. It’s actually a part of it,” said study author Eric Rice, an assistant professor at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

“Also, kids who reported 100 or more text messages per day were much more likely to report sexting, so being an excessive texter may be an indication of…

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