Sexting is not a harmless activity that younger teens see as a substitute for real sex. A new study of Los Angeles middle school students finds that those who sent or received sext messages were significantly more likely than their non-sexting peers to be sexually active.
Indeed, the study found that sexting habits were a strong predictor of sexual activity. Compared with students who didn’t sext, those who sent sext messages were 3.2 times more likely to be sexually active and those who received such messages were seven times more likely to have had sex, according to results published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
“Sexting and sexual activity go hand in hand,” the study authors concluded.