“Getting the message”: a critical exploration of sexting

Moyle, Stephanie (2014) “Getting the message”: a critical exploration of sexting. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation aims to critically investigate sexting and the impact upon young people, in order to determine the true prevalence and role in young peoples’ lives. Sexting is a new phenomenon that is being increasingly discussed within the United Kingdom, yet is vastly under-researched. Using appropriate existing literature from the United Kingdom, America and Australia, this dissertation explores explanations for this sexual behaviour; that inevitably affects how young people are perceived and how this perception impacts both the public and professional arenas. Existing writing, media reporting and previous studies were examined in detail in an attempt to create contemporary ideas and make effort to explore new avenues. Sexting is viewed to be an important topic as media cases increasingly emphasise and discuss the serious repercussions of sexting. Investigation into this area is in its early stages, increasing the importance of attention to this topic. It was found that definitions are inconsistent, impacting upon understandings and responses to research surrounding sexting. Additionally, the consequences of this sexual behaviour have been found to be severe and can affect people in a variety of ways. Young people face implications to future prospects, such as refused entry into higher education if sexts are circulated and identified. Furthermore, mental health of young people can be affected, resulting in increased paranoia and anxiety. Cases have demonstrated the progression of these emotions to substance abuse and in particular cases, suicide. Moreover, young people face prosecution through legislation surrounding paedophilia if a decision is made to take legal action. Nevertheless, sexting has become a normal behaviour for young people and therefore increased education and prevention is needed.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2014 08:44
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:44
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/15902

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