Reuters Health September 17, 2012
According to researchers at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, one out of every seven Los Angeles high schoolers with a cell phone has sent a sexually explicit text message or photo. They also found that “sexters” are more likely to engage in risky sex behaviors. UTMB’s Jeff Temple published similar results earlier this year. 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,” Temple told Reuters Health. “What they're doing in their offline lives is what they're doing in their online lives.” The findings appear on FOX News, Yahoo! News and WebMD, as well as many other international sites.