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This Is What 'The Today Show' Thinks Teen Sexting Looks Like

August 21, 2013 at 3:29 PM

cellphoneThe Today Show did a segment on sexting last week, and they couldn't have been more wrong. 

Read the full story below from our friends at Business Insider. 

Last Thursday, "The Today Show" featured a segment on the new and shocking discovery that teens use their phones to sext each other, even though they use their phones to do literally everything else. We first saw the segment on Slate.

"Today Show" host Matt Lauer tries to figure it all out: "So a teenage boy will be sitting in a classroom, there will be a teenage girl he's never even talked to, and he will pick up the phone and text her 'I wanna hook up or I wanna do this to you, are you willing?'" he asks in the segment.

Forget the small detail of exchanging numbers — imagine if we could text cute strangers because we magically knew how to reach them! — and the notion that messages can be ignored.

The real kicker of the segment is the mockup of what the "Today Show" producers imagine a teen sexting session looks like. It couldn't be more off-base:

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This is definitely not how sexting works.

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To see the full article and Today Show segment, click here.
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Steven Woda

Written by Steven Woda

Steve Woda is the co-founder and CEO of uKnow, and a leader in the Internet safety and security field for over 15 years. He frequently speaks on the topics of Internet and mobile security, ecommerce and information economics. You can follow Steve on Twitter or on his blog.

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