Teen Sex, Divorce, Sexting and the Future for Teens

A recent study correlates the negative impact of teen sex on divorce rates (and it can be found here). This study was analyzed in an article entitled "Women Who Lost Virginity Early More Likely to Divorce: New Study" by Stephanie Marcus in the Huffington Post, and offers some interesting facts about teen sex and divorce.

There might be a new argument to try when convincing your teen to wait to have sex. According to a study conducted by the University of Iowa, women who lost their virginity in their young teens are more likely to divorce.

The study, published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, surveyed the responses of 3,793 women and found that 31 percent who lost their virginity as teens divorced within five years, and 47 percent divorced within 10 years. On the flip side, the divorce rate for women who had waited to have sex was only 15 percent at the five year mark, and 27 percent by the time 10 years rolled around." Read the entire Post article here.

The study also found that a first sexual experience before the age of 16 -- wanted or not -- was still strongly associated with divorce. The study did not define a "sexual experience," but many teens and their parents might suggest that sexting is one of those experiences.

" While it may be shocking, the practice of "sexting" - sending nude pictures via text message - is not unusual, especially for high schoolers around the country," reported CBS News back in 2009. [Read that article

Kevin Nelson, Regent University School of Law 2011 Juris Doctor Candidate has written a very informative and challenging article on the laws surrounding sexting and how they affect teens - now and for a long, long time into the future. He writes,
"For teens, cell phones represent the social life-blood of our day. Peruse Cosmopolitan’s website and it becomes clear that cell phones are more than a means of basic communication, but a “sex toy hiding in your purse”.... As technological innovations propel cell phones forward with the latest app, live video messaging, and high-resolution pictures, users are encouraged to put this cutting edge technology to use in ways never before imagined...."

Since sexting itself is a relatively new concept, Nelson's article sets forth in Part I a brief background on sexting, the social climate that has allowed it to thrive, and its overall pervasiveness. Part II provides a legal history and analysis of sexting. Since child pornography laws guide much of the current analysis regarding sexting, a complete look at the legal history of sexting requires an analysis of the child pornography laws that subsume it. In order to further explicate the breadth of child pornography laws, this article includes an analysis of several pivotal child pornography cases elucidating statutory construction. Finally, Part III sets forth various options available to state legislatures to deal with sexting problems on a legal front and proposes the best-fit solution to this problem. After considering the laws of child pornography, the problem posed by sexting, and the ramifications of applying the former to the latter, it becomes abundantly clear that sexting jurisprudence places a teen's future in serious jeopardy.

Read Nelson's entire article here.

It could be suggested that sexting is a sexual experience, and a precursor to sexual activity and intercourse. If recent studies on teen sex are showing clear indications toward divorce outcomes for those experiencing sex, the future for teens who participate in sexting can lead to child pornography prosecution and broken marriage - both of which are not helpful for the teen, his or her family, nor for family restoration.

1 comment:

  1. There are so many issues that can affect the future of a teen. One of this is teen sex, which might result to unwanted pregnancy or STD’s if practicing unsafe sex. Some could even get addicted to sex and may want more.