Where Sex and Technology Intersect

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and Cosmogirl.com recently published the results of their study, Sex and Tech. The results are surprising and enlightening. A few highlights:

  • 33% of young adults (20-26) overall have sent of posted nude or semi-nude pictures of themselves
  • 20% of teens (13-19) overall have sent of posted nude or semi-nude pictures of themselves
  • 38% of teen girls and 39% of teen boys say they have had sexually suggestive text messages or emails— originally meant for someone else—shared with them.
  • 48% of young adult women and 46% of young adult men say it is common for nude or semi-nude photos to get shared with people other than the intended recipient.
  • 22% of teens and 28% of young adults say they are personally more forward and aggressive using sexually suggestive words and images than they are in “real life.”

The survey is worth checking out. It highlights a general movement in society towards a “split personality” in the emerging youth generation, and also a new attitude towards sex and sexuality that will have repercussions on the magnitude of the “free sex” generation the came of age in the 60s.