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Sexting Facts and Stats

1A 2012 survey of 2,136 teen boys and girls found that over a quarter of the participants reported having sent sexually explicit photos of themselves (La Trobe University)

1Over half (57%) of teens from a 2012 survey reported that they had been asked to send a sext (JAMA)

180% of teens who have sexted are under the age of 18 (Cox Communications)

111% of teens admit they’ve sent pictures to strangers (Cox Communications)

1Almost a quarter of troubled seventh-graders send sexually suggestive texts or photos (JAMA Pediatrics)

134% of teens who’ve sexted say that they did it to feel sexy (The National Campaign)

112% of teen girls feel pressured to sext (The National Campaign)

140% of teenage girls who have sexted did it as a joke (The National Campaign)

138% of teen girls and 39% of teen boys say they have had sexually suggestive text messages or emails—originally meant for someone else—shared with them (The National Campaign)

136% of teen girls and 39% of teen boys say it is common for nude or semi-nude photos to get shared with people other than the intended recipient (The National Campaign)





-Cox Communications, The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and John Walsh. (2009). Teen Online & Wireless Safety Survey: Cyberbullying, Sexting, and Parental Controls.

-JAMA Pediatrics. (2012). Teen Sexting and Its Association With Sexual Behaviors. Jeff R. Temple, PhD; Jonathan A. Paul, PhD; Patricia van den Berg, PhD; Vi Donna Le, BS; Amy McElhany, BA; Brian W. Temple, MD.

-La Trobe University. (2013). Results of the 5th National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health. Mitchell, Anne; Patrick, Kent; Heywood, Wendy; Blackman, Pamela; Pitts, Marian.

-The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and Cosmo Girl.com. (2008). Sex and Tech: Results from a Survey of Teens and Young Adults. Washington, DC: Author.