Monday, December 15, 2008

Sexting...A new trend

A new article just got released by USA Today surveying over 1,2oo teens about cell phone/picture usage. There were some pretty startling results...

About a third of young adults 20-26 and 20% of teens say they've sent or posted naked or semi-naked photos or videos of themselves, mostly to be "fun or flirtatious," a survey finds.

A third of teen boys and 40% of young men say they've seen nude or semi-nude images sent to someone else; about a quarter of teen girls and young adult women have. And 39% of teens and 59% of those ages 20-26 say they've sent suggestive text messages.

Growing up in the 80's my father had a single phone to monitor in order to protect my little sister. We had no Internet, answering machine or cell phones. The ability for others to influence our home was limited to the TV and and the single line into our small country home. 20 years later the circumstances have changed drastically.

I know of a young girl in a town near me who sent a nude picture to her boyfriend. The two broke up and days later this picture had circulated throughout the entire school. This innocence of this little girl was shattered. Sure she made a mistake in sending the picture originally, but how cruel has this world become?

Text messaging and the new trend of "sexting" is a powerful threat to teenagers and adults alike. In fact, text messaging is the easiest avenue to affairs to date. As believers we have to be aware of this threat. Text messaging is a great thing, however we must continue to guard ourselves as technology develops.

"I will set before my eyes no vile thing." Psalm 101:3

"You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart." Matthew 5:27-28

"Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." 1 Peter 5:8

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