Friends and romantic partners are the main source of social pressure when it comes to pressures of sexting on adolescents, outweighing the own attitudes of adolescents, as per a new research.
This research evaluated the principal drivers of sexting and suggested areas for educators to focus upon in order for highlighting the potential risks involved in sexting.
The paper ‘Under pressure to sext? Applying the theory of planned behavior to adolescent sexting’, by Michel Walrave, Wannes Heirman & Lara Hallam, was published in Behavior & Information Technology.
Sexting is described as sharing of sexually explicit text messages or naked/semi-naked self-pictures using mobile phones.
The authors note that “Remarkably, only the behavioral beliefs that expected positive outcomes of sexting were significant in predicting adolescents’ willingness to engage in it.” “The more positive the perceived social pressure that originates from these two categories of referents — who mostly belong to the peer group — the more adolescents will be inclined to engage in sexting.”
The researchers’ findings confirm that: “Rather than adapting their motivations to sext to their own subjective evaluations, adolescents are influenced relatively more by the social pressure that they anticipate receiving from significant others.”