A 2009 study claims that 4 percent of teens ages 14–17 have claimed to have sent sexually explicit photos of themselves.
Fifteen percent of these teens also claimed to have received sexually explicit photos.
Based on the interviews conducted by Albury and Crawford, they discovered that sexting is commonly used in positive aspects.
According to Albury and Crawford, sexting was not only an activity occurring in the context of flirtation or sexual relationships, but also between friends, as a joke or during a moment of bonding.” Reportedly, hedonism played a role in motivating sexting, and the length of relationship was negatively correlated with sexting behaviors.
Robin Dunlap, 27, continued exchanging sexual messages with the boy even after learning he was a teenager, police said.
Dunlap originally turned herself into police in September and admitted sending the underage boy nude photos, Winter Haven police said in a news release.
Young adults use the medium of the text message much more than any other new media to transmit messages of a sexual nature.