Dating with online nude girls
Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of education for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, says digital dating abuse is becoming a more frequent problem among teens.The 24/7 technology enables the abusive partner to stalk the other person after school and on weekends, he said.Only 12 of the accounts revealed no negative backlash from saying 'no' to boys' requests, prompting a reoccurring cry for help by the girls who shared their stories with the question: 'What should I do? Researchers analyzed 462 comments posted from 2010 to 2016 on MTV's website A Thin Line, a site aimed at stopping the spread of sexual abuse in the form of sexting and cyberbullying.The comments revealed the confusion and internal battle teen girls experienced when asked to send nude photos and the different tactics boys used to coerce the girls into sending them.'Teenage girls know the potential risks and are disinclined to do it, yet they continue to share the images anyway,' said study author Sara Thomas, a doctoral student in human development and social policy.None of the young women who sent nude photos reported feeling relief or benefit from sending them and compliance often lead to self-doubt and fear about what might happen in the future.
In fact, this study showed that boys are more likely to be victims: about 5 percent of boys and 3 percent of girls had a romantic partner upload or share a humiliating photograph online.
'They struggle to say no.'Only eight percent of the stories showed a desire to send photos, however they justified sending explicit photos because of a desire to please or avoid negative consequences from young men.
The findings published in the journal Sexuality Research and Social Policy showed that in 22 percent of the cases, the girls considered sending photos as a way to obtain the attention and affections of boys they were interested in.
However, the findings show that the promise of affection turned to threats and harassment from boys if they did not comply, leading to 20 percent of the girls aged 12 to 18 giving in and sending nude photos.
None of the young women reported feeling 'relief' or 'benefit' from sending the photos and instead their compliance brought on negative self-esteem and fear of the photos being distributed.