Sexting, Mobile Porn Use, and Peer Group Dynamics.

Boys' and Girls' Self-Perceived Popularity, Need for Popularity, and Perceived Peer Pressure.

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There is considerable concern about adolescents producing, consuming, and distributing sexual materials via mobile phone communication. The purpose of this study was to examine key aspects of peer influence and the peer context in relation to two such practices: sexting and mobile porn use. The results of a high-school survey study (N = 1,943) revealed that 6% of Flemish teens (11–20 years of age) have sent a sext, while 9% use mobile porn. Teens who were more popular with the other sex and with a greater need for popularity were more likely to report both behaviors. Boys' mobile porn use was also predicted by perceived peer pressure. Same-sex popularity was unrelated to boys' sexting behavior and mobile porn use; for girls, a negative relationship was found.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMedia Psychology
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2014

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