Sexting High Among Black, Hispanic Teens; Experts Disagree on Impact

Suzanne Choney, NBC News, March 1, 2013

More than 20 percent of black and Hispanic teens say they have used their cellphones to send a “sext” message showing a nude or semi-nude photo or video of themselves to another person, and more than 30 percent say they have received such sext messages, according to a new study.

The research was done by University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Health Services. Why the focus on the two groups?

“Although sexting among U.S. youth has received much popular media attention, there are only limited data on its prevalence among ethnic minority youth,” say the researchers in their study, published online journal, Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking.


In the university study, the results “indicate that sexting is prevalent among ethnic minority youth,” the researchers said.

And while the authors acknowledge that more research is needed to understand the context and circumstances of that sexting, “the first step in any public health inquiry is to understand the scope and prevalence of a potential health problem. Some data exist on the prevalence of sexting among youth in general. However, prevalence data for ethnic minority youth specifically are scarce.”

The researchers’ data is based on findings from 1,034 tenth-graders from a “large, urban school district in southeast Texas.”



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  • And while the authors acknowledge that more research is needed to understand the context and circumstances of that sexting

    Duh, silly. What do you think the context is of sending naked pictures of yourself to someone else? The context is sex.

    • They are careful not to appear politically incorrect.

  • thurlow

    I guess they spend so much time making drug deals on their phones they don’t have time to make HO appointments

  • Zackers

    Now I’m actually scared of cell phones. . . Probably a Rational fear that too just too long to sink in. Is a cell phone anything other than another potential weapon that will be used against whites?

  • APaige

    Better stay away you might catch a cellular disease. Is this why the government has spent money on the digital divide?

  • The__Bobster

    It funny that whenever a sexting scandal makes it to the media, it always involves Whites.

    • bigone4u

      Blacks misbehaving sexually ain’t news 🙂

  • Howard W. Campbell

    However, if any state attempted to charge these people en masse for this kind of behavior, (as they would for white teenagers), Al & Jesse would be marching somewhere to show their “outrage”,

    • Nathanwartooth

      If this story were about Whites it would all be about child pornography being sent by cell phones that requires huge government intervention to stop.

      But since it’s just the usual suspects they have to do studies and think really hard about what it all means.

  • Ah the wonders of the ObamaPhone …..

    • It’s fun to call these things ObamaPhones, and we call them that colloquially because of that YouTube video from Cleveland. But they’re really more accurately called BushPhones — The reason is that it was under Bush, not Obama, that the Lifeline service was extended to the cell phone space, whereas before it only existed for land lines.

      • I know. Obama extended it though to every scummy re-seller, from just the primary carriers.

  • bigone4u

    Where are the parents? The dumb white liberals who do these kinds of studies always overlook the obvious. Another waste of taxpayer money.

  • joe webb

    is this study racist? what about white sexting? I am surprised that the ADL has not complained.