Pressured Sexting and Revenge Porn in a Sample of Massachusetts Adolescents

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Digital communications are largely used for positive interactions but can also be a vehicle for harassment. Previous research has made is clear that sexting occurs, at times, because of peer pressure. This study examined pressured sexting and the unauthorized release of images in a cross-sectional sample studied in 2013-15. The convenience sample examined 1,320 students in Massachusetts. Over the years, more students admitted to sexting, but fewer reported any degree of pressure to sext. More than a third of sexters in 2014 and almost half of sexters in 2015 reported that the picture had been released without their consent. Interestingly, this did not seem to occur primarily within established relationships; instead, it seemed to target most often sexters who declined to date someone. Unauthorized distribution was related to several risk factors, including younger-aged sexters, those who sexted to multiple recipients, and those who were pressured into sexting initially.

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Englander, E. K., & McCoy, M. (2017). Pressured Sexting and Revenge Porn in a Sample of Massachusetts Adolescents. International Journal of Technoethics (IJT), 8(2), 16-25. https://doi.org/10.4018/IJT.2017070102