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% who’d sent explicit messages or photos said they’d been sexually active compared to just 5% 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.
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