According to a study, teenagers who use smartphones may be at risk for risky sexual behavior engagement.
It says, those teens who are actively reaching the internet through cell phones are more than twice as likely to have sex with the person they met online compared to those who are using basic phones.
The study was presented at the annual meeting of the America Public Health Association, three years ago.
University of Southern California’s School of Social Worker Eric Rice, the study researcher, clarified that smartphones are not directly causing risky teen sex, instead, these phones make it easier for teens to arrange sexual encounters like finding partners online.
He added that it is a channel (smartphone) through this behavior may happen.
The study said that out of 1,840 high-school students in the Los Angeles Unified School District, one-third own a smartphone, 17 percent had been contacted or approached for sex online, and five percent used the internet to find sex partners.
Forty-seven percent of teens who owned a smartphone said they were sexually active, compared with 35 percent of those who did not own a smartphone.
In this era where internet connection is very easy to acquire, it is no longer a question why teenagers are engaging more in sexual actions. A single click of a website link can open our minds to things that we are unaware before. This is the reality and we can’t stop this.
There are many ways to control links in this adult/dating sites, but despite the restrictions in some of the internet websites, one finds ways to get into it, until he/she finds the content and satisfy his/her sexual desire.
Since this is inevitable, I strongly recommend that parents try their best in talking to their teens about this issue. Parents must incorporate sex education, responsible technology use, and even spiritual advice.
Another study suggests that parents must initiate sex-talks to their teens. It says teens are less comfortable than their parents having these conversations: and parents need to talk more about how their teens can prevent pregnancy and STDs.
I believe that parents want their children to be safe and healthy, and that includes talking to them about relationships and about sex so they know how to prevent pregnancy and STDs. So I encourage parents to talk these types of conversations to their teens.