According to a new report in the journal Pediatrics focusing on the
behaviors of Los Angeles teenagers, sexting teens are more likely to have unprotected sex with one another.
Eric Rice, a social network researcher from the University of Southern California, says "What they're doing in their offline lives is what they're doing in their online lives." Reuters reports:
"No one's actually going to get a sexually transmitted disease because they're sexting," said Eric Rice, a social network researcher from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, who led the new study.
"What we really wanted to know is, is there a link between sexting and taking risks with your body? And the answer is a pretty resounding ‘yes,'" he told Reuters Health.
...His research found that girls in particular who'd sent naked photos were more likely to engage in risky sex, to have had multiple recent sex partners or to use alcohol and drugs before sex.
"Sexting appears to be a reflection or an indication of actual sexual behavior," [Jeff Temple, author of the Houston study] told Reuters Health.
The latest study serve to bolster previous findings which said that 'sexting' teens are 82% more likely to be having sex compared to the non-sexting teens.