March 1, 2013 |
Who 'sexts'? And who cares, besides former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner's wife? It turns out that a fair number of people send the cryptic and racy messages, and behavioral scientists who study issues as varied as sexual mores, shame and suicide are curious. Depending on your definition of sexting (Words only? Photos?) and what groups you're surveying, 2.5% to 25% of the population sends them and 7% to 34.5% receives them (some, accidentally). And that's just the folks who admit it. A recent report suggests that almost 40% of young people reported sending such messages, and almost 50% reported receiving them.
December 26, 2011 |
After reading about Is Anyone Up? — the website that gives indie bands exposure in the literal sense — I rushed to my computer to check it out. Would you believe me if I told you I was less interested in naked bodies than in the language? In addition to naked self-promotion by bands, the site includes "revenge porn," revealing photos of just plain folks, generally submitted by ex-lovers. Those considered unattractive are labeled "gnargoyles," a word created by combining "gnarly" or "gnarled" and "gargoyle.
July 23, 2013 |
Let's just be happy, for a moment, that at least this time Anthony Weiner didn't blame Al Qaeda. In 2011, when allegations first arose that Weiner had been sending inappropriate messages and pictures to several women, he vehemently denied them. Weiner, a member of Congress at that point, even attempted to shift the blame onto Al Qaeda: This was a prank intended to derail me or distract me, whatever it is. It is not a federal case. Now maybe it will turn out, forgive me, maybe it will turn out that this is the point of Al Qaeda's sword.
October 25, 2013 |
What would TV do without Anthony Weiner? The disgraced former congressman and failed mayoral candidate, otherwise known as "Carlos Danger," has fueled countless hours of cable-news coverage, of course, but his technological antics have also provided fodder for scripted series including “The Good Wife,” Law & Order SVU” and now “Scandal.” We live in a heyday for political dramas on television and Weiner is the gift that keeps on giving ...
August 14, 2012 |
Do you need to reach for the dictionary to double-check the definition of "F-Bomb" and "sexting"? Probably not. But now you could if you wanted to. The Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary has added "F-Bomb" and "sexting" to its list of new dictionary entries for 2012 along with the likes of "mash-up," "aha moment," "cloud computing" and "earworm. " (An earworm is a song or tune you just can't get our of your head.) The dictionary's editors pride themselves on monitoring the evolution of language, and the creative new terms that seemingly overnight become part of the lexicon. "Some of the new words this year provide colorful images," Merriam-Webster Editor at Large Peter Sokolowski said in a statement posted online.
October 24, 2013 |
Stop the presses: There's some good news about teens and sexting. Fewer teens and young adults have received sexual messages or other forms of “sexting” than a few years ago, according to a new survey of nearly 1,300 people ages 14 to 24. Two years ago, 32% said they had been involved in some form of sexting; this year that number fell to 26%. Pollsters also found fewer numbers of teens and young adults had suffered from digital rumors,...
December 5, 2011 |
Roughly one teen in 100 has personally engaged in so-called sexting, the sending of sexually explicit pictures of oneself via digital media, in the last year. But the senders intended the images to be an intimate message for one special recipient may be surprised: 7.1% of Internet-using teenagers told the authors of a study released Monday they had received at least one such image on their phone or computer in the last year. The study , published Monday in the journal Pediatrics , is the first to make an educated guess at how common the practice of sexting is among teens.
December 17, 2012 |
Want to send a saucy photo? Facebook is looking at a way to do it discreetly. The 1-billion-user social network is reportedly set to release a new app before Jan. 1 that will be similar to Snapchat, an app often used to send "sexts," or sexually explicit content, according to All Things D , citing unnamed sources. QUIZ: How much do you know about Facebook? Snapchat, which has grown in popularity in recent months, allows users to send pictures and videos that disappear after a set time period.
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May 17, 2013 |
A 16-year-old boy was arrested Friday on suspicion of distributing nude photos of four teenage girls through Twitter, San Bernardino County sheriff's officials said. The boy, a student at Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, was booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of distributing obscene matter depicting a minor engaging in or simulating sexual conduct. Sheriff's department officials said two of the girls in the photos sent him nude photos of themselves through text message.
September 17, 2012 |
A new study has found a link between teenage sexual activity and "sexting" -- using cellphone devices to send sexually suggestive or explicit messages and photos. In short, teens who "sext" are seven times more likely to have sex. The study polled more than 1,800 Los Angeles high school-age students. Of those polled, 15% acknowledged sexting, and 54% reported knowing someone who had sent a sext. Why is that second figure relevant? Because the study found that "knowing someone who sexted was strongly associated with an individual's own sexting behavior.