Almost anything you can do “in real life” can now be done on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Sports, word games, and conversations have all taken a turn for the digital, so why not sex?
An article today in NPR relayed the highlights of an interview concerning nude photos being sent between high schoolers in Louisa County, Virginia. What began as an investigation of a small number of students being questioned for distributing child pornography turned into the small town’s realization that a majority of its teenagers were nonchalantly participating in the phenomenon known as sexting.
Given the amount of teens involved with this alarming trend, the police force investigating the Virginia high school had to stop and ask whether they should “be utterly alarmed by sexting, or think of it as a normal part of teenage sexual experimentation.”
In the beginning of the investigation, officers pulled a handful of frightened students into the principal’s office, only to have them nonchalantly reply that they knew five to ten more students and friends who were doing the exact same thing.
If the percentage of students involved were not enough to concern adults in the school system, perhaps the most alarming part of NPR’s article was the detached nature in which the boys handling these nude pictures were viewing their classmates: as currency.
Within the interview, it was stated that the boys view these nude photos as part of a collection, where possession of a rare photo or classmate could increase one’s social standing. With the plethora of easily accessible porn, the naked female body is not a novel concept to these teens. However, a photo of a friend that has never been seen by the rest of the class? That’s exciting.
If you ask me, that’s terrifying.
Regardless of the fact that the interview portrayed the girls sending the photos as overly confident idiots with yoga-instructor-bodies, the fact does not change that many of them did not intend for more than one pair of eyes to ever see their photos, and their age makes each image a piece of child pornography.
If a majority of high schoolers start jumping off bridges, should we accept it as a social norm?
‘Why Kids Sext’ Describes Nude Photos As ‘Social Currency’ Among Teens. (2014, October 15). Retrieved October 15, 2014.
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