Snapchat appeals to teens because it allows users to send photos for a maximum of ten seconds before they self-destruct.Those sending photos over Snapchat believe they will disappear without consequences so they feel more secure about sending them.
Even though users believe their photos on Snapchat for example will go away in seconds, it is easy to save them through other photo capturing technology, third party applications, or simple screenshots.
Students who had sent a picture by cell phone were more likely than others to find the activity acceptable. note: "The news-worthiness of [the University of New Hampshire study] derives from [their] figure [2.5%] being far below (by a factor of 5 or more) the prevalence rates reported in the previous surveys.
However, while technically accurate, the 2.5% figure is actually rather misleading.
Despite it being widely reported in the media, the overall prevalence figure of 2.5% masks a dramatic age effect that indicates that more than 1 in 8 mid-teen minors admit to having sexted." Strassberg, Mc Kinnon, et al.
conclude: "These results argue for educational efforts such as cell phone safety assemblies, awareness days, integration into class curriculum and teacher training, designed to raise awareness about the potential consequences of sexting among young people." Even though the article claims that women are more likely to sext than men, the article does not claim that women are the only ones receiving the images.