Boston University study shows “sexting” related to teen group sex trend

A new study released by Boston University’s School of Public Health warns that teen group sex is on the rise. Researchers found as many as 1 in 13 teenage girls surveyed admitted to participating in group sex. Emily Rothman, an associate professor of community health sciences at BU Health Medical Center, conducted the study by polling 328 teenage girls at community of school health clinics in the Boston area. The majority of the girls reported being pressured, threatened, coerced or forced to participate in the group sex, and the average age was 15.6 years old.

Researchers believe there is a connection between easy access to online pornography and multiple sex partners. With the proliferation of porn on the internet and the latest trend among teenagers who sex-text, or what’s commonly referred to as “sexting” (sending nude pictures of themselves to friends over their smart phones), analysts say group sex incentives have become readily accessible to a growing number of teens willing to experiment.

According to the research, subjects who viewed porn in the past month were about five times as likely as those who had steered clear from the X-rated videos to have group sex.

This astonishing study should be just one more reason why it is so critical that parents be actively engaged in their teenager’s life, most especially their access to the Internet. Hardcore pornography is so easily found on the Internet today that the average age of exposure is 11 years old. Pornography may start from curiosity or even accidental exposure, but it can quickly become an addiction, and as this study shows, lead to dangerous sexual activity.

NOTE: CLICK HERE for Massachusetts Family Institute’s Guide to Internet Safety

     Source: New Jersey Newsroom

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