Sexting is the new first base.
According to a study published in the journal Paediatrics, sexting is now the first step when it comes to sexual behavior.
“Although additional research is needed, current data indicates that sexting may precede sexual intercourse in the instance and cement the notion that sexting behavior is a viable indicator or adolescent sexual activity,” the report said.
The study, based on a previous 2012 study carried out over six years, set out to examine the “sequencing of sexting and sexual intercourse”.
Researchers looked at data from years two and three of the earlier study, which included a sample of almost 1000 students, who were asked to record their history of sexual activity and sexting.
Sexting was defined as asking or being asked for a nude picture.
Additionally, researchers found “sexting was not temporally associated with risky sexual behaviours.”
So why has sexting become the “gateway” to being sexually active?
It’s common for teens to express themselves sexually, wrote the Quirky kid Clinic.
Teens “do not view semi naked and naked images as wrong or shameful, typically viewing these images as more of an expression of fun and flirtation.”
In her article, ‘Sexting’ is how teens court in modern age, Jill Stark says “Sexting online and via mobile phone is so widespread experts are saying parents should accept it as a form of ‘modern day courtship'”.