Paper: Sexting really isn't a big deal, won't ruin teens' lives


We’ve all heard of “sexting,” when teens send nude photos of themselves to each other via text message (well, MMS) . Schools don’t like it, parents don’t like it, but, apparently, it’s all the rage among young people these days. Well, it turns out that sexting really isn’t that big of a deal; it’s merely a continuation of the age-old tradition of “exploration” and all that. A 2009 version of spin the bottle, if you will.

Better yet, it turns out that sexting may be preferable to other activities. You can’t get a disease via MMS, now can you? You can’t get pregnant via MMS, now can you?

These are the conclusions of a paper that was presented at the 78th Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Ottawa. Or, in the words of the associate professor who presented the paper:

… children and young people are sexual beings who have explored their sexuality in all times, and all cultures and all places.

Now let’s never complain about sexting ever again.