"The whole high school either had the picture or saw it," she says.In fact, while few students will cop to having sexted—loosely defined as having sent a sexual photo, video, or text message via cell phone—a greater number will admit to having received, or at least viewed, someone else's sext.Boys feel the pressure too, she says: "I think guys ask for pictures with the expectation that the girl will say no, but they ask anyway because they feel like that's part of being a guy."While both genders create and send around risqué images—sexting often seems to include a promise of reciprocity, an "I'll send you mine if you send me yours" sort of thing—in almost all instances reported in the media, it's the girl's photo that goes viral, which can make the exchange far more dangerous for her.
She didn't ("I drew a picture and was like, ' Here they are!
'"), but she knows of many girls who would have.
"But when a girl gets a photo from a boy, she thinks it's special and just for her." Teens who pass along licentious texts sometimes do so as retaliation against a kid they don't like, Mihalas adds.
Some teens argue that sexting shouldn't be illegal and that exchanging racy photos with a boyfriend you trust can be a nonthreatening way to explore sex without the repercussions of engaging in the act itself.
If you can't see anything or actually hear what's going on, what's the point? I love Snapchat, but I don't love seeing pointless Snaps of nothing, all day every day.