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May 31, 2011

Sexting Educational Programs

Filed under: Cell Phones — publicandprivatespace @ 4:06 pm

           Katie Roberts  

               Sexting has only recently been introduced to our society, and with its introduction there has been much controversy.  The blame is continuously placed upon the younger generations.  This is because the younger generations are the ones who prominently use this new way of communicating.  For anyone who is not familiar with the term sexting it is the use of technology, normally a cell phone, to produce and distribute sexually explicit messages, photos, and videos.  It is illegal for teenagers to participate in this activity because they are not of age.  Therefore, most states charge those caught sexting with the punishments that sex offenders would receive.  Many argue that teenagers are not prepared mentally to make decisions with regard to sexting situations. 

              Psychologists argue that teens do not have the mental capabilities to think of the repercussions of their actions before performing them.  This concept not only applies to sexting but also to many other irresponsible activities that teenagers typically immerse themselves in.  The question at hand is why teenagers are the ones who are most likely to experiment with destructive behavior, in particular sexting?  There are two plausible answers to this question.  The first one is that they have not had the chance to experience the real world.  All that children know is what surrounds them, and that environment is typically controlled by their parents.  With constraints and boundaries, teenagers are forced to concentrate only on the present.  When it comes to interacting in intimate situations, we all know from experience that teenagers tend to contemplate only on how to please the other person and not on how this may affect them in the future.  They have not had to experience the consequences of their actions, which causes them to act without thinking through their actions thoroughly. 

            The other plausible answer to the question of why teenagers sext is because their brains are not fully developed.  The frontal cortex is the part of the brain that controls rational decision making capabilities.  There has been much research and experimentation performed on this hypothesis, and the underlying conclusion that has been drawn is that the frontal cortex is one of the last parts of the brain to develop .  This means that we are all literally programmed to act as we do when we are teenagers.  Although this breakthrough may not justify or excuse sexting, it most definitely provides a reasonable answer to why teenagers typically act in this way.

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2 Comments »

  1. It seems as though these psycologists are treating teenagers as though they are 5 years old. Even though our brains as teens aren’t fully developed they have still been developing for 15 (give or take a couple years). We all know what is right and what is wrong, and that we like to gossip so it is very likely that other teens do as well. Using this knowledge the choice whether to text of not should be obvious. Even though I personally think choosing to sext is a stupid choice, I don’t think those who get caught should be treated as sex offenders, that punishment is much too severe.

    Comment by publicandprivatespace — June 1, 2011 @ 10:18 pm | Reply

  2. I forgot to put my name on the above comment: Kelsey Smyth.

    Comment by publicandprivatespace — June 1, 2011 @ 10:20 pm | Reply


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