Why do teens sext? Is “everybody doing it”? Is it an unhealthy behavior we should aim to discourage, or can there be positive functions to this behavior? How do teens who sext talk about their motives for sexting, and what do they think of their peers who do? Does sexting play out differently for girls and boys? What do this behavior and responses to it say about sexual attitudes, peer pressure, and social mores and norms? Join us for a fascinating discussion of these and other emerging issues in the use and abuse of new media.
Julia Lippman is the Howard R. Marsh Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Communication Studies. With Associate Professor Scott Campbell, also in the Department of Communication Studies, she studies the dynamics of adolescent sexting, with an emphasis on both the gendered nature of this behavior and developmental differences in its enactment. More broadly, her research focuses on the ways in which media contribute to or hinder the development of healthy romantic and sexual relationships.