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1 in 5 Teens Send Naked Pics of Self

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A recent study has shown that one in five teens have sent revealing photos of themselves in emails or on their mobile phones.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and CosmoGirl.com collaborated and talked to a group of young people ranging in age from 13 to 26. The study found that despite 80 percent of the group saying they’d be wary of sending a suggestive picture of themselves or a dirty text because they might live to regret it and 70 percent saying they were worried it could "disappoint family," one in five of the teenagers surveyed had sent a racy message.

According to NCTUP, more than 30 per cent of girls in the United States get pregnant before they turn 20 and many become pregnant for the second time before they turn 20. The Guttmacher Institute claims that nearly half of all 15- to 19-year-olds in America have had sex.

So where does it all link up? NCTUP’s survey says that just under 40 percent of young people say exchanging these types of messages makes dating or sex more likely, and 30 percent say those who exchange sexually suggestive content are "expected to hook up."

While this survey is a little bit iffy in some ways (the idea of a 25 year old woman sending a picture of herself to her boyfriend is nothing), there are parts of it that are actually pretty scary. According to the survey, 11 percent of girls between 13 and 16 have sent dodgy pictures of themselves and 15 percent of teens have sent pictures to people they only know online.

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    afrobacon , December 11, 2008 11:17 PM
    Not only that but half the people I know like to show all their friends; personally I think that's taking it a little too far. But this is just another side effect from the evolution of technology, get used to it. This isn't much different then when girls starting to wear two-piece swim suits back in the 20s; except that was in public.
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    fuser , December 11, 2008 11:34 PM
    i was born about 20 years too early :-p
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    kelfen , December 11, 2008 11:36 PM
    one way to get attention aff
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    sacre , December 12, 2008 12:02 AM
    So what? Humans are based on sex. Our lifespan was on average 30 years back before we had a civilized society. sex happened at very young ages, we had a family near the end of our teen years. Its how we came to be, of course teens will be horny and do these sort of things. The only issue I see is that these teens don't think ahead, they're too fogged up in "love" that they forget if the relationship ends abruptly, those pictures would probably go sight seeing. Hell, when I was younger I did the same thing.
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    Anonymous , December 12, 2008 12:25 AM
    these stats are so far off its funny... at least at my school

    sex stats definitely are the pictures are a little less

    They must have been taking readings from the upper end of the teenage spectrum as I know for a fact the lower end teens in my area don't do this crap
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    kamkal , December 12, 2008 1:43 AM
    it is the "sex is evil" attitude of society

    showing mass violence in media is ok but god forbid someone has a "wardrobe malfunction" and shows some skin lol
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    LAN_deRf_HA , December 12, 2008 1:46 AM
    Well the stats fit my rather small town quite well... the only people who haven't had sex by the end of highschool were the uglies and the literal bible thumpers.
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    kamkal , December 12, 2008 1:48 AM
    thogromthese stats are so far off its funny... at least at my schoolsex stats definitely are the pictures are a little lessThey must have been taking readings from the upper end of the teenage spectrum as I know for a fact the lower end teens in my area don't do this crap


    well of course it's the upper end, they are the kids whose parents can afford to buy them digital cameras and phones with cameras :) 
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    zodiacfml , December 12, 2008 3:14 AM
    i agree with sacre guy.
    i add, sexually attractive people will find it hard to avoid sex especially with as attractive partner.
    yet i think, young people today are actually avoiding having a family and is focused on career compared to older generations, which is a good and bad thing.
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    Anonymous , December 12, 2008 4:18 AM
    So why aren't they sending these pic to me?
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    Maxor127 , December 12, 2008 6:37 AM
    Nice mouse on mouse action in that pic.
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    DXRick , December 12, 2008 7:40 AM
    Here's mine:
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    laxmidd50 , December 12, 2008 4:04 PM
    More than 30% of girls become pregnant before they turn 20? Thats the biggest bullshit i've ever heard.
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    gm0n3y , December 12, 2008 4:46 PM
    The image stats make sense, but seriously, 30% have kids before 20? I know of maybe 4 people out of my graduating class of 1500 that had kids in high school. I could understand maybe 5-10%, but 30% is way too high. Even now that I'm in my mid 20s, I only know a few people that are having kids, most are waiting until their 30s.

    Also, saying that "early half of all 15- to 19-year-olds" have had sex seems kinda low. I would estimate that closer to 75% of kids have had sex by the time they graduate high school. Of course I actually live in Canada, and we don't have as many of those crazy christians up here.
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    Anonymous , December 12, 2008 6:55 PM
    THEY DIDNT SAY "HAVE KIDS" THEY SAID PREGNANT... you guys never heard of ABORTION OR WHAT?
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    JonnyDough , December 13, 2008 1:49 AM
    thogromthese stats are so far off its funny... at least at my schoolsex stats definitely are the pictures are a little lessThey must have been taking readings from the upper end of the teenage spectrum as I know for a fact the lower end teens in my area don't do this crap


    You must either live in a real tidy little Christian town, or you're the school guidance counselor. How else could you know how many of your peers are having sex?

    I went to a private HS, and I can assure you that people don't really voice what they're doing on their own time outside of school. Suddenly you're at a graduation party and people are getting stoned and making out because "who gives a crap now".
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    Niva , December 14, 2008 2:34 PM
    LOL Doctorpink beat me to it. Thank God for abortion, that's right, thank God!

    Seriously though, what I want to say is that this article or the study it describes (or perhaps both) is sexist. All it seems to focus on is teen girls and pregnancies. How about the lil boys who show their pee-pees online? HOW ABOUT THEM LIL INNOCENT SEX FIENDS?!
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