With 87 percent of American adults owning a cell phone (Jerpi, 2013), it becomes obvious that cell phones have become a staple device in today’s society. Although cell phones offer convenience, they arguably come with negative affects. Cell Phones have become one of the fastest emerging technologies (Campbell, 2006). With 87 percent of American adults and teenagers owning a cell phone (Jerpi, 2013), it becomes obvious that cell phones have become a staple device in today’s society. Since the release of the first cell phone, they have immensely evolved and some would say, have become an essential to everyday life. Although cell phones offer convenience, they arguably come with negative and impactful effects on our social
One specific phenomenon that has emerged with the increase of smart phones and personal technology is the issue of sexting; the sharing or exchange of sexual messages or images (thesocietypages). As the deviant act of youth sexting is more common than parents might realize or want to admit (CNN), Kelly Wallace investigates how youth’s sexual behavior has become normalized through the act of sexting. The article, “Is Your Teen Using Apps to Keep Secrets?” explores how much of today’s youth share sexually explicit messages through the tech savvy world.
Social media has become an outlet for teenagers to communicate constantly, monitor each other’s lives, and control what they want others to see. As social media is becoming more and more popular, more teenage moral panics are occurring. A moral panic is defined as the “fear of a new technology’s or cultural form’s negative impact outside of parental control.” (Jackson) Throughout these past few years, there have been an endless amount of teenage moral panics. Snapchat is an application that has caused a great amount of controversy. With the Snapchat application, you get to control how long the person you send a photo to can view that photo before it disappears. The problem with this is that you can take a snapshot of the photo before it disappears. Snapchat has become to be a teenage moral panic; more specifically Snapchat “sexting”, which is “the act of sending sexual messages and pictures to another person through phones or the internet.”(Klower) On Snapchat parents cannot control what their teenagers are sending and to who their teenagers are sending pictures and videos to. Therefore, teenagers feel a sense of privacy, and use the application to sext, which can lead to various negative behaviors.
Over the years so much has changed in terms of peoples views on young peoples sexuality and on sexting and the rules and consequences associated with sexting. If you jump forward a generation or two to the contemporary world, you will realise the social and sexual landscape has changed dramatically. Sex is regulated less and is in some ways less risky for many young Australians. More young people are having sex and more are having sex at young ages. Social mores have changed. The feminist and gay rights social movements have mobilised for legal and social change. For heterosexual young people, effective contraception is widely available and pregnancy terminations are legal and available through the public health care system. Homosexual sex
Writer Jennifer Ludden confirms, “75 percent of teens between the ages of 12 and 17 now have cell phones.” What Ludden is trying to say is that back then many people did not had cell phones and now mostly everybody has one. Even early teens at 12 now have their own phone and they start over texting at that age. Phone companies want to show the people that having a phone could be a great experience by adding new features to it but it only makes teens obsessed with them more. As Ludden adds, “Many parents surveyed say they've taken away their child’s cell phones as punishment.” She is stating that the cell phones are so attached to teens now getting them taken away by parents is a form of punishment
As mentioned in the textbook, Adolescence, in recent times text messaging has become the ultimate way that adolescents use to connect with their friends, defeating face-to-face, e-mail, instant messaging, and voice calling (Santrock, 425). With this new trend has come a new frenzy: teen “sexting”. The term “sexting” is use to describe a wide variety of activities: it can be used for producing and sending images of oneself, receiving images directly from the producer, or forwarding received images to other people. Although, the majority of attention has been directed toward “sexting” via cell phone, the term can apply to any digital media, such as e‐mail, instant messaging, and social networking sites. However, the term is most commonly associated with minors, and girls are more likely to the victims. For this reason, teen “sexting” is an increasing concern among parents, educators, and law enforcement officials.
Teens have many different uses for phones. In the article "Teenagers and New Technology " it says that cell phones offer teenagers "new worlds of opportunity." The article also says that new technology are essential to success in Today's world. It says that tools like texting and social media can help needs to all teenagers like defining personal identity and establishing independence. Cell phones are new and exciting avenues for teens to do what they want to do, for example flirt, boast, gossip, get news, complain, and tease. As well, cell phones today can take and share pictures, play games, listen to music, swap videos, and access the Internet
According to research, approximately “39% of teens between the ages of 13-19 years old have sent at least one sext message and 48% have received one sext message. Of the teens who sext, 63% said the photos were sent to a boyfriend/girlfriend, 29% said they sent them to somebody they were casually dating, 19% sent these photos to someone they didn’t know well and only met through a chatting app and 24% sent them to someone they only knew online. As for the reasons teens sext, 49% said it was harmless fun, 39% said they did it to receive photos back, 16% thought it was a normal thing to do, 16% said they did it because everybody else was doing it and 13% said they were pressured into sexting.”
According to The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families, a clinical report, Sexting is defined as sending, receiving or forwarding sexually explicit messages, photographs or images via cell phone, computer or other digital devices. A national survey by the National Campaign to Support Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and CosmoGirl.com found a surprising 20 percent of teens from ages 14-18 have participated in sexting. Though both genders seem to be sending sexually explicit or vulgar messages, 71% of teenage girls are more probable to send inappropriate photos of themselves, particularly to their boyfriends compared to teenage boys who only do it 67% of the time. However, this is not the worst part. 36% of teenage girls
For instance, some think that we are abusing the technology we have by overuse and cyberbullying. There are many more ways to bully other than approaching the person face to face with all the different social media apps and texting softwares that people have access to today. In fact, research has found that an estimated 20 percent of teens who have been cyberbullied have also thought about suicide. It is also estimated that teens ages 13 to 17 are spending more than seven and a half hours a day consuming media and at least an hour of that time is spent on cell phones (Teens Are Spending More Time Consuming Media, on Mobile Devices). With all of this overuse, teens are more likely to be giving away personal information and have a higher risk of being cyber attacked and exposing personal information. There are many ways to abuse the cell phone technology that we have, but most people think that the positives outweigh the
Although cell phones unify the online world, they cause teens to be distracted and unable to focus on what’s going on around them. Teens are attached to their phones, they never leave their sides and are constantly being checked for new notifications. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat keeps teens involved in the online world. Teens are interested in what’s going on around them and want to stay informed. Cell phone have a way of connecting today’s youth but have become extremely distracting. This attachment is causing teens to suffer without knowing. The daily lives of today’s youth are being interfered due to the constant use of cell phones.
I believe the discussion surrounding sexting and youth presented my best work within the discussion component of this course. This topic in itself really interested me because I’ve seen the negative impacts that sexting can have on young individuals when I myself was in high school. I began the week only really viewing sexting as a fully negative thing to do when individuals are young, but by the end of the week I grew to have a more complex opinion and I believe that came from properly participating in the discussion and truly taking an interest in the topic.
In addition, tecnology can have bad influence on texting, because some people be texting innapropiet thing to boys or girls.Younger childrens should'nt have a phone, because once they get they will just go out of hand with it.Friends can get you in a lot of trouble while texting or hanging out with them.If you have a friend you should always see
Cell phones can lead to the dangerous world of sexting. Sexting is a very serious thing and is illegal and mainly happens on social media when you are in a relationship with another male or female. Sexting is actually “sending of sexually explicit digital images,videos,text messages or emails usually by cell phone.” According to researcher Amanda Lenhart “Teens who are sexting and sending sexually suggestive nude, or nearly nude cell phone images face social and legal consequences.” (Gerdes 130)
Ever since the invention of texting in early 1980s, our society has become more keen to the dangers of texting. Texting has become a major phenomenon embraced by billions of people around the world every day. Garter, the texting industry analysts predicted that in 2010 about 2.4 trillion text messages would be sent out (Crystal, 4). With this being said, texting is so convenient that it can be done anytime and anywhere, this is where we see a problem emerging. Since texting is instant, people