2. Are all young people taking nude selfies?
Although teenagers tell us that sharing sexual pictures and videos is not unusual, research shows it is not something that most young people do. In fact, the older a person is the more likely they are to have taken and shared a nude selfie, so adults are much more prolific sharers than young people.
Digital Romance, a research project led by CEOP and Brook found that just over 1/3 of young people surveyed had sent a ‘sexual or nude image’, and were more likely to receive a sexual or nude image taken or shared by someone else.
Findings also indicated that gender identity impacted the way young people engage with image sharing – with non-binary young people reporting significantly higher rates of both sending and receiving nudes; girls feeling more pressured than boys to send nude images; and boys more likely to share on nude images of others.
Although digital technology is an important part of the way young people communicate and form relationships, and they may experiment with sharing nude selfies, young people surveyed said technology didn’t replace face-to-face relationship development.
“Cos, like, I think it’s easier to talk over Snapchat, like, when the first two, three, two, three weeks over Snapchat and then as time goes on it’s easy to speak them in person I think”
(Alfie, 14, interview participant – Digital Romance)