Teenagers, who enjoy sending obscene text messages are likelier to be involved in sexual activities and have unprotected sex, suggested a new study.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study to determine the risky behaviors associated with teenagers, during which, they conducted a survey that included data from over 1,800 teenagers between the age of nine and 12, from Los Angeles.
The researchers asserted that 15% of the youth, who possessed a cell phone, admitted that they sexted. Although 50% students participating in the study stated that they know a few teenagers involved in sexting, majority of the students participating did not sexted.
Dr. Eric Rice, a researcher from the School of Social Network at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, asserted that the act won't be harmful in a way that it would lead up to a sexually transmitted disease.
Dr. Rice said, "What we really wanted to know is, is there a link between sexting and taking risks with your body? And the answer is a pretty resounding yes".
Teens who accepted that they were engaged in sexting; they were seven times more likely to be active in terms of sexual activities and were at double the risk of involving in unprotected sex.
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