The millennial generation is by far the most digital and technically-savvy. From laptops and tablets to iPhones and Androids, the digital world of media is at an all-time high for a young breed of consumers.
The rise of social media has granted millennials a fun-for-all in terms of their freedom to say, post, and act however they wish through a screen. Tweens and teens are exposed to sexual and provocative imagery at younger ages as long as they have access to the internet. On the other end, these same young people have the ability to contribute to the growing epidemic of sexualized social media accounts.
Where does this digital sex epidemic begin? Sexting. According to 2012 study by University of Texas Medical Branch, 28 percent of teens have sent and/or received a sext. These same teens are also more likely than their peers to engage in sexual acts as a result. This statistic averages out to 76.2 percent of teens.
High school is a confusing time for many. Therefore, it’s no wonder that the peak age of sexting is around 16 and 17 years of age. Hormones are raging through our bodies, and we’re feeling things in places we’ve never experienced before. Sexual tendencies plus social media equals a recipe for destruction.
Platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Kik, and Tinder allow sex drives to run freely and personal barriers to be broken. Specifically, with women, these platforms allow users to harass female users and objectify them in demeaning, embarrassing, and traumatizing ways. Therefore, digital media is detrimental to a woman’s image when sexting becomes a public issue, and portrays a woman in a way she never intended.
It is important to be smart and safe when mixing sexting and social media. As many millennial women are aware, it is impossible to completely erase any picture once it is posted on the internet.