Sexting: what is this teenage phenomenon about?

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Taking pictures in suggestive poses and sharing them through cell phones and social networks is one of the most widespread practices among young people. The union of the sex and adolescence categories can make any adult’s hair stand on end. And if the Internet and new technologies are added to that combo, the equation becomes even more complex. Thus, daily life is imbued with words in English such as cyberbullying (harassment through social networks), grooming (adults posing as boys to capture favors, usually of a sexual nature, of minors) or sexting, the phenomenon that we are dealing with.

Sexting (an abbreviation between sex-sex- and texting-sending text messages through the cell phone-) is the name given, in general, to the sending of photos or videos of a sexual nature through a cell phone, mail electronic, social networks like Facebook or other Internet channels. The images can be taken with the same phone or webcam (the cameras of the computers that allow to see live with another person through the network), and be downloaded between one and other devices. However, it would be unfair to think that it is only an act of unconsciousness proper to the youngest. Statistics from the United States show that it is adults up to 50 years old who practice sexting the most. They like what’s called Mature cams. And in our country there were ample repercussions in several cases where this was clearly evident.

The current sociocultural model shows us “that life does not make much sense if we can’t make it a show” and emphasizes that sex has become one of the most lucrative “products” of recent times. As we see in the activity of sexting, adolescents have perfectly understood the predominant marketing model and apply it with enthusiasm when taking photographs. In fact, in general it is the girls who lend themselves most to these actions, replicating what television reproduces to the point of satiety: women put in the place of object of desire to be “consumed” by the man. However, the crucial difference between adolescents and adults lending to this game are its consequences.