Sexting is sending, receiving, or forwarding sexually explicit messages, photographs, or images, primarily between mobile phones, of oneself to others.
It may also include the use of a computer or any digital device.
Unfortunately these applications carry the same risks and consequences that have always existed.
A 2009 study found that 4 percent of teenagers aged 14–17 claim to have sent sexually explicit photos of themselves.
Students who had sent a picture by cell phone were more likely than others to find the activity acceptable. note: "The news-worthiness of [the University of New Hampshire study] derives from [their] figure [2.5%] being far below (by a factor of 5 or more) the prevalence rates reported in the previous surveys.
However, while technically accurate, the 2.5% figure is actually rather misleading.
Of those receiving such a picture, over 25 percent indicated that they had forwarded it to others.
In addition, of those who had sent a sexually explicit picture, over a third had done so despite believing that there could be serious legal and other consequences if they got caught.
Based on the interviews conducted by Albury and Crawford, they discovered that sexting is commonly used in positive aspects.
Additionally, 39% of teens and 59% of young adults had sent sexually explicit text messages.
A widely cited 2011 study indicated the previously reported prevalence was exaggerated.
These applications claim no responsibility for explicit messages or photos that are saved.