Currently, the hashtag #NationalSendANudeDay is trending on Twitter. The trend currently has over 131,000 mentions and is being shared and retweeted all over the platform. Top tweets include horrifying things like:
Time to drop some statistics. 40% of today’s teens are involved in sending and receiving sexually suggestive messages through the use of those nifty little cellular devices that we’re all constantly glued to. 22% of teen girls report sending semi-nude or nude pics and 18% of boys have as well. 17% of sexters share the messages they receive with another person, and 55% of those share them with multiple people.
Bottom line: our generation is sexting a lot. For a lot of guys and girls growing up today, there seems to be a never-ending flood of orders for a pic minus the clothes. It doesn’t take a sociologist to see that the popularity of nude-sending and posting is a negative result of the porn culture that has been created in our society.
In response to today’s trending topic, UK organization NSPCC shared a tweet with a video that currently is one of the top shared tweets of the day:
— NSPCC (@NSPCC) May 19, 2016
Their attached video shows how quickly this generation can share photos without thought, only to then have one careless decision turn into something that can seriously affect their life. Watch the video below:
It’s good to see that there are organizations out there spreading awareness on the serious consequences of sending and posting nude pictures. Sexting has actually become a major problem in society. The truth is, sexting and porn are inseparably linked. And in many cases, it equals child pornography. That’s right, by law, minors (anyone under 18) who are caught sending, possessing, or distributing (i.e. sharing with friends) nude pictures, can face major criminal charges. It has gotten to the point in the U.S. where 8 states have enacted bills to protect minors from sexting, and an additional 13 states have proposed bills to legislation.
Those are some serious, life-changing problems for a split second decision like pressing ‘send’.
The truth is, these sexts rarely just stay with the receiver. Most share the intended “private” pictures with their friends and even online. Which leads us to talk about the huge phenomenon happening on the internet right now that is really, really not cool. It’s now infamously known as “revenge porn”.
Revenge porn sites are just like any other porn sites, except for one scary twist: the pictures are of regular everyday people who once sent naked or sexually explicit pictures/videos of themselves to someone they trusted, only to later have those images posted online for all to see. (Remember, just because you break up with someone, doesn’t mean the images you sent them while you were together are magically erased from their phone.)
For example, one victim of revenge porn was a girl who sent naked pictures of herself to her boyfriend. Several months and a bad breakup later, the boyfriend decided to get his ex-girlfriend back by posting those pictures on revenge porn web sites that could then be viewed, downloaded, and saved. Getting those pictures back off the internet is like getting a grain of sand back from the ocean. Once something is on the world wide web, it’s pretty much out there for good. It is extremely difficult to completely remove images from something as viral and as ever-changing as the internet.
And probably the worst part about all of this that a lot of times the victims of revenge porn don’t even know their pictures have been put online in the first place.
So, the next time you’re in a situation where this seemingly harmless exchange of images is about to go down, remember how pressing that send button can never be taken back. Sexting opens up a door to a much more serious world of child pornography and revenge porn that can end up seriously damaging the lives of real people.
Bottom line: Sending and receiving nude/sexual pics or vids is never a smart idea. Either you’re under 18 and at risk of child pornography charges or you’re over 18 and at risk of having your photos posted online for the entire world to see.
Neither are a good option.
YouTuber Philip DeFranco summed up today perfectly when he tweeted:
Well said, Phil. Well said.
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