Young woman texting on smartphone in cafe

SOURCE: Free Beacon

A nearly $50,000 federal study is examining the sext messages of college girls to determine whether sending racy pictures makes them more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior.

“This project will address how sexting (the exchange of sexually suggestive texts or pictures via mobile phone) and problematic alcohol use together increase the risk for risky sexual behavior and sexual assault among college women,” read a grant issued last year.

The study argues that there is a “causal model” between drinking, sexting, and sexual assault, because men and women interpret sext messages differently

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