Sexting & The College Student [INFOGRAPHIC]

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MakeUseOf has previously published several infographics on texting, such as when texting celebrated its 19th birthday, when we showed teens and their texting habits, and how SMS messaging is changing the world. But one texting-related subject that I haven’t approached yet (mainly because I didn’t want my boss to fire me for turning MakeUseOf into Hustler magazine) is “sexting”.

For those of you who don’t know what this is (but it’s pretty obvious from the word itself), it’s when you send a text message to someone with either sexually explicit text, a sexually explicit picture, or both. And it seems like this practice is on the rise (although all the ones to me must be getting caught up in a spam filter somewhere because I don’t seem to be getting any of them…).

According to today’s infographic (courtesy of www.bestcollegesonline.com), two-thirds of US students have sent sexually suggestive messages via their mobile phone. Those smartphone cameras have a lot to answer for! Just because you can take a photo…..

So…time to confess….have you ever sexted someone? Or has someone ever sexted you? Was it wanted or unwanted? Do you agree that this is a rapidly growing problem which has the potential to cause real problems, or do you look upon it as a bit of harmless fun?  Reveal all in the comments!

Sexting and the College Student

Comments (19)
  • Imya Last

    Texting while driving is real problem.

  • Alan

    The only disturbing thing about this story really is that 93 percent of college students sext or text while driving. How stupid are our college students?

    • Mark O’Neill

      They obviously don’t get taught common sense at college :-)

  • Laga Mahesa

    Pffft. ‘Sexting’ has been around for millenia. The only things different now are the speed of delivery, higher quality artwork, and horrific spelling.

    • Mark O’Neill

      Hmmm…true. But somehow I don’t think a pencil sketching of your private parts has quite the same effect as a full colour blown-up photograph!! LOL! :-)

    • Laga Mahesa

      Have you SEEN some of those woodcuts?! You’re right… now. Back then, though, the effect was as it is now. A major to-do if anyone found out, and an even bigger to-do when word first spread that they even existed.

  • Jon Smith

    I find sexting quite unnecessary I mean its a phone for goodness sakes!

    • Mark O’Neill

      Between two consenting adults, I don’t see the problem. It’s a private communication. But unwanted sexts from a person displaying stalker-like behaviour? That’s where the issues start.

  • Alex

    Regarding: “Do you agree that this is a rapidly growing problem…”

    This is based off of a survey of 204 college students

    • Mark O’Neill

      the infographic yes. But if you look at mainstream media reports (the BBC and CNN have reported on sexting for example), they have said also that sexting is becoming a growing problem. Men are becoming registered sex offenders because they sent a sext to their girlfriend who happens to be one year or less under the age of consent.

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