U-M Study: Sexting Just 'Another Way of Flirting'

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- A new study says the Internet generation is all thumbs when it comes to modern-day flirting.
Sexting is en vogue and may not be as taboo as previously thought.
The University of Michigan SexLab and Prevention Research Center of Michigan study of 3,500 young adults between 18 and 24 says sexting simply is "another way of flirting." About 43 percent said they received or sent sex-related messages on their phone.
About 28 percent sent and received sexual pictures, 13 percent received and 2 percent sent without receiving pictures in return.
AnnArbor.com (http://bit.ly/OmjCHi) reports 57 percent said they never sexted.
The study says sexting doesn't increase depression, anxiety or self-esteem. But sexters typically are more sexually active.
The study says men are more likely to receive sex-related messages without returning one.

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  • by Jessica Location: Lansing on Jul 26, 2012 at 06:01 AM
    Did you type the word "sexting" and actually meant: texting. you might want to check that.
  • by Brandy on Jul 26, 2012 at 05:48 AM
    Hey Anonymous, that is exactly why I am complaining. How about more reporting on IMPORTANT issues? There are hundreds of stories in our area, country, and world that deserve out attention, money, time, and support. Tell me, exactly why do you thing it is important for the public, or anyone to know statistical data regarding the "sexting," habits of young adults?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 26, 2012 at 05:07 AM
    Sometimes it's important to have actual statistical data to back up "what everyone already knows". You two complain about this study not being important, why don't you go complain about something more important then?
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      by Anonymous on Jul 26, 2012 at 06:37 AM in reply to
      What?! Please share why exactly it's important. Pretty sure that's the point of having a comment section on these articles.
  • by Collin Location: Jackson on Jul 25, 2012 at 11:16 PM
    These text messaging fools don't have a clue about the real world. All they know is what's on the screen.
  • by brant Location: mason on Jul 25, 2012 at 04:34 PM
    They need to publish the amount of public monies that were spent on such a brainless, useless "study". Way to go Wolverines, you're really doing some quality research that will benefit mankind!
  • by Brandy on Jul 25, 2012 at 04:18 PM
    This is seriously news??? People took time and money to study the blantantly obvious? Besides it being blatantly obvious, why does anybody care? If this study were concerning those under the age of 18, it would be relevant.
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