A recent study stated that teens are more engrossed in sending explicit messages and sexual images and this is treated as a part of social development. The study also mentions that sexting may precede to sexual intercourse among the teens too.
This is worrisome for the parents as there are chances that the teens who put such images on the internet, may be exposed to exploitation or threatening activities. The researchers also assured the parents that this behavior has nothing to do with the rich or poor well-being of the family.
Many reports and data has been collected to know the cause of this increased curiosity, and change in behavior among the teens. One of the co-authors Hye Jeong Choi, mentioned in his comments; “Sending a nude photo may communicate to the recipient a level of openness to sexual activity, promote a belief that sex is expected, and serve to increase sexual advances, all of which may increase the chance of future sexual behavior.”