Thus, instead of increasing intimacy in these types of relationships, sexting may act as a buffer for physical intimacy.
In a 2008 survey of 1,280 teenagers and young adults of both sexes sponsored by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 20% of teens (13-20) and 33% of young adults (20-26) had sent nude or semi-nude photographs of themselves electronically.
15 percent of these teens also claimed to have received sexually explicit photos.
This suggests a consent issue of people receiving photos without asking for them.
has received wide international media attention for calling into question the findings reported by the University of New Hampshire researchers.