Sexting has been promoted further by several direct messaging applications that are available on smartphones.
The difference between using these applications and traditional texting is that content is transmitted over the Internet or a data plan, allowing anyone with Internet access to participate.
Perhaps shedding light on the over-reporting of earlier studies, the researchers found that the figure rose to 9.6% when the definition was broadened from images prosecutable as child pornography to any suggestive image, not necessarily nude ones.
Thus, instead of increasing intimacy in these types of relationships, sexting may act as a buffer for physical intimacy.
Kik and Whats App appeal to teens because of the anonymity of the applications.
Snapchat appeals to teens because it allows users to send photos for a maximum of ten seconds before they self-destruct.
Unfortunately these applications carry the same risks and consequences that have always existed.