by Rehana Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:27 am
A new survey suggests that people in the US are sexting more than anyone else in the world.
According to a report released this week by the Pew Research Center, nine percent of Americans with cellphones have used them to send a "sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude" photo or video, while 20 percent of cellphone owners have received a similar type of image, Stuff.co.nz reported.
That's a jump from 2012, when only six percent of cellphone owners had sexted and 15 percent had received. Although Americans are consuming more crotch shots than ever, we've seen no similar uptick in the number of people who are sexting non-consensually.
According to Pew, six percent of cellphone users have forwarded a sext to a third party, the same percentage that had done so in 2012. Looking at Pew's new numbers - which show that at least 44 percent of 18-to-24-year-old Americans participate in sexting - it's increasingly clear that dialling up sexual experiences doesn't come with the expectation that those experiences will migrate to a group text.
Most people who receive sexts don't share them with the class, and it's not stupid to expect your sexting partners to keep your privates private. It's simply humane.