Home Health Parents News Now Study: Few Teens Engaging in Full-Fledged 'Sexting' Study: Few Teens Engaging in Full-Fledged 'Sexting' By Holly Lebowitz Rossi December 05, 2011 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Study: Few Teens Engaging in Full-Fledged 'Sexting' 29383 Over all, the new report found, 149 youths interviewed for the study, or 9.6 percent, said they had sent or received images that included full or partial nudity in the previous year. Just over 2 percent of those who engaged in sexting said they had appeared in the pictures or had taken them themselves, and 7.1 percent said they received sexual images from someone else. In most cases, the motivations for sending or forwarding sexual texts were not malicious. Most of the youths who sent such messages said that they did so with someone they were involved in a relationship with, or that their messages were flirtatious gestures to someone they had a romantic interest in. About 31 percent who appeared in or took sexual images said that alcohol or drug use had been a factor. And despite public concerns about lewd photographs of minors that start out as private messages becoming widely distributed, only 3 percent of the minors in the study said they had forwarded sexual photographs that they had received. The fact that about a third of sexual messages were created or sent when alcohol or drugs were involved suggests that the children who are doing the riskiest messaging are engaging in other risky behaviors as well, said Nancy Baym, a professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas and author of the book "Personal Connections in the Digital Age." Image: Teenage girl texting, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Study: Few Teens Engaging in Full-Fledged 'Sexting' Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.