Sexting opens world of virtual sex to teenagers

Smartphones may have transformed teen mating rituals, yet old-style “slut” and “stud” labels still prevail.

“Welcome to the world of teenage dating, where the photo-sharing app Snapchat is the facilitator of seduction, and where mutual sexual attraction doesn’t necessarily equate to sexual intercourse – in the conventional sense. It is a world in which the immediacy of social media lends an artificial intimacy to an encounter that is brokered by technology. And yet when it comes to “slutty” girls and “sexually heroic” boys, old-fashioned judgements persist.”

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