Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch found that more than “half of teens have been asked to send a nude photo of themselves to someone, and 31% had requested a naked picture to be sent to them.”
This should not only be a wake-up call to parents, but Youth Pastors need to be in the know. This is a trend that has only increased over the years and needs to be addressed.
The attitude of “kids will be kids” is not an appropriate response to this phenomenon, not to mention the harmful effects that will be carried by an entire generation.
“Nearly 30% of U.S. teenagers are sexting, sending nude photos via email or text, according to a study that shows the behavior is more common than previously thought.”
While 30% of U.S. teens are sexting and sending nude photos, you’ll find statistics that show something even more troubling.
Although the photo exchanges and requests seem to be a two-way street, girls are clearly not as willing to participate.
“Almost all of the girls that were asked to send a sext were bothered at least a little bit and over half were bothered a lot or a great deal, and yet some of them are still sending it.”
As a father of three daughters, these kind of findings make me uneasy. Our world is being polluted with the over sexualization of women (and men?). With things like the Lingerie Football League and music videos that portray women as sex starved flesh, should we be surprised these girls feel pressured to comply? Every media medium treats this kind of behavior as normal, and what teenage girl doesn’t want to be normal?
We need to talk about the moral implications and damage that sexting does with our Church youth — girls and boys.