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Sexting Statistics

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"Sexting" Defined as sending sexually suggestive messages or images via text, email, IM
(Survey was fielded online to 1,280 respondents)
Teen Sexting Statistics (Ages 13-19) Data
Percent of Teens who have sent a sext message 39 %
Percent of Teen Girls 37 %
Percent of Teen Boys 40 %
Percent of Teens who have received a sext message 48 %
Young Adult Sexting Statistics (Ages 20-26)  
Percent of Young Adults who have sent a sext message 59 %
Percent of Young Adult Women 56 %
Percent of Young Adult Men 62 %
Percent of Young Adults who have received a sext message 64 %
Posting of Nude or Semi-Nude Photos / Videos Online
Teen Nude Posting Statistics (Ages 13-19) Data
Percent of Teens who have posted nude/semi-nude content online 20 %
Percent of Teen Girls 22 %
Percent of Teen Boys 18 %
Young Adult Nude Posting Statistics (Ages 20-26)  
Percent of Young Adults who have posted nude/semi-nude content online 33 %
Percent of Young Adult Women 36 %
Percent of Young Adult Men 31 %
Reason Teen Girls Sent Sexually Suggestive Messages Data
As a joke 40 %
To feel sexy 34 %
They felt pressured 12 %
Teen Sexting Statistics
17% of teens who pay their own phone bills that have sent a "sext" message
3% of teens that do not pay their own bill that have sent a "sext" message
71% of teen girls and 67% of teen guys who have sent or posted sexually suggestive content say they have sent/posted this content to a boyfriend/girlfriend
21% of teen girls and 39% of teen boys say they have sent such content to someone they wanted to date or hook up with.
15% of teens who have sent or posted nude/seminude images of themselves say they have done so to someone they only knew online.
66% of teen girls and 60% of teen boys say they did so to be “fun or flirtatious — their most common reason for sending sexy content.
22% of teens and 28% of young adults say they are personally more forward and aggressive using sexually suggestive words and images than they are in “real life.”
38% of teens and 40% of young adults say exchanging sexually suggestive content makes dating or hooking up with others more likely
29% of teens and 24% of young adults believe those exchanging sexually suggestive content are “expected” to date or hook up.
48% of young adult women and 46% of young adult men say it is common for nude or semi-nude photos to get shared with people other than the intended recipient.
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Statistic Sources & References
Sources: The National Campaign, Statistic Brain Research Institute
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: April 26, 2016

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