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A Look at Sexting: 

A Look at Sexting A survey on Sexting habits

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Below are the results from the 12-question questionnaire that was distributed on Sexting and the Media The goal was to gauge the participants sexting habits and ideas of the medias role and responsibility in safety, particularly in minors.

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Participants were recruited by e-mail blasts to university students and programs. Also, participants were recruited through Facebook and Twitter by posting a request for anyone interested to complete "a short survey about mobile device habits.

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Those who participated in the survey identified themselves as 44% between the ages 18-23 and 57% between 24-30+ The study did not choose to discriminate anyone from completing the survey, as participants were encouraged to do it out of goodwill,without any base reward given. So we expected to have not only young adults (those between 18-23) but also those older as they would be more apt to assist in surveys.

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The study did not ask for the gender. It was decided to leave that out as to make the participant feel more secure that they would not be stereotyped or feel the pressure of stereotyping themselves.

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Participants were not divided by education, socioeconomic status or location. It is believed that all participants understand what sexting is and answered the questions with the understanding that Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs, primarily between mobile phones.

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Results While 100% of the participants have and use a mobile device 56% say they HAVE sent a SEXT Message before. 41% says they HAVE NOT sent a SEXT Message. While 59% says they have ASKED TO RECIEVE a Sext Message and 41% says they have NOT asked to recieve a Sext Message

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When asked how many people they believe they have sent Sext Messages to: 41% say 0 22% say 1-3 6% say 4-6 3% say 7-8 25% say 8+

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When asked if they believe that Sexting is morally wrong: 19% say they believe it IS MORALLY WRONG 81 % say they believe is IS NOT MORALLY WRONG

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25% of the participants believe that Minors (Under 18 years old) SHOULDhave the right to send Sext Messages to other Minors 75% say that Sexting should be restricted to Adults( above 18 years old)

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When it comes to the the media, 78% of the participants believe that the media outlets have a responsibility to promote safe practices, while 22% believe they should not have that type of expectation And when asked if the media is to blame for the momentum behind sexting: 3% believe Completely to blame 75% believe Somewhat to blame 6 % believe Not to blame at all 16% are Not Sure

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From our survey we found that while many people do send sext messages, it is the younger adults who engage in it more than older adults. This makes sense seeing that the cellular phone is only 20 years old and smartphones are even younger. Younger people use these devices more and would put them to use for needs that suit teenagers and young adults.