(CBSNEWS) — Teens who “sext” – or send sexually explicit text messages – aren’t keeping their risky behaviors within the confines of their smartphone, new research suggests.
Rather than serving as a substitute for risky behaviors, the study of nearly 2,000 teens found kids who sent such messages were more likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as being sexually active and having unprotected sex, raising their risk for sexually transmitted diseases.
“No one’s actually going to get a sexually transmitted disease because they’re sexting,” Dr. Eric Rice, a researcher from the School of Social Network at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, told Reuters. “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.’”